About the Author
Giulio Carlo Argan (1902-1992) was an Italian art and architecture historian and critic. He taught at the University of Palermo in the mid-1950s and moved to Rome in 1959, where he was a professor at the University of Rome. He was the author of several classic works of art history, including History of Italian Art, The Baroque Age, and Brunelleschi. Bruno Contardi (1952-1999) was a curator and arts administrator, and Milan's Superintendent of Artistic and Historical Works. Gabriele Basilico (b.1944) trained as an architect and is one of Italy's leading fine art photographers.