About the Author
Sir John Pope-Hennessy, one of the greatest art historians of the twentieth century and perhaps its greatest authority on Italian Renaissance art, was born in 1913. He served as Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Director of the British Museum and Consultative Chairman of the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as Professor of Fine Arts at New York University. His many publications are now standard works of reference and include An Introduction to Italian Sculpture, Italian Gothic Sculpture, Italian Renaissance Sculpture, Italian High Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture, Cellini
, many monographs and his masterwork, Donatello
. Sir John died in 1995.