Verrocchio: Curatorial Biographies
President, Andrew Butterfield Fine Arts
Andrew Butterfield is president of Andrew Butterfield Fine Arts and an internationally recognized scholar, historian, writer, and art dealer. He earned his BA from Oberlin College and his PhD from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts where he was a student of Sir John Pope-Hennessy. He is the author of over 125 publications, including The Sculptures of Andrea del Verrocchio (Yale University Press, 1997) for which he won the prestigious Mitchell Prize, as well as many articles in The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. He has helped to identify and authenticate many newly discovered works, including masterpieces by Bernini and Donatello.
Curator of Early European Sculpture
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Alison Luchs is curator of early European sculpture and deputy head of the department of sculpture and decorative arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. She received a BA at Vassar College and her PhD at Johns Hopkins University. Working in the department of sculpture and decorative arts since 1983, she has collaborated on systematic catalog volumes on medieval and Renaissance decorative arts (1993), 19th-century European and American sculpture (2000), and the exhibition Desiderio da Settignano: Sculptor of Renaissance Florence (2007). She was curator for An Antiquity of Imagination: Tullio Lombardo and Venetian High Renaissance Sculpture (2009) and Degas's Little Dancer (2014–2015), as well as coordinating curator for Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence (2017).
Gretchen A. Hirschauer
Associate Curator of Italian and Spanish Paintings
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Gretchen Hirschauer is the associate curator of Italian and Spanish paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. She graduated from Northwestern University and earned a master's degree in art history at the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Art in Florence, Italy. Hirschauer is a co-curator of Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence. She co-curated the exhibition Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence (2015), organized Luis Meléndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life (2009), and Flowering of Florence: Botanical Art for the Medici (2002), and has collaborated on many other international loan exhibitions, including Arcimboldo: Nature and Fantasy (2010).
Corpus of Italian Drawings, 1300–1500, Rome/Munich/Florence
Trained as an art historian in Florence and Munich, Lorenza Melli is the academic associate at the Kunsthistorisches Institut of Florence and curator of the Corpus of Italian Drawings since 2012. She is a specialist of Italian old master drawings and among many catalogs, essays, and articles has published the Dresden State Collection’s catalog. For the Verrocchio’s exhibition in Washington, she worked extensively in the drawings section.
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