Dr. Sheila D. Muller is Professor Emerita of Art History at the University of Utah. She has degrees from the American University in Paris, Scripps College, and the University of California, Berkeley. She teaches Italian and Northern European Renaissance and Baroque art with an approach that encourages close looking as an activity fundamental to describing and explaining works of art and visual culture. Her main research interest is seventeenth-century Dutch art and its social and cultural contexts. She has published books and articles dealing with Dutch charitable institutions and regents’ group portraits; politics and portraiture; painted allegories of Amsterdam; artists’ studios, civil conversation, and scholars and their collections in Leiden.