Patricia Mainardi is Professor Emerita of Art History at the Doctoral Program in Art History of the City University of New York. A specialist in European art of the 18th and 19th centuries, her books include Art and Politics of the Second Empire: The Universal Expositions of 1855 and 1867 (Yale, 1987), which won the Charles Rufus Morey Award from the College Art Association of America as the best art history book of its year; The End of the Salon: Art and the State in the Early Third Republic (Cambridge, 1993); and Husbands, Wives and Lovers: Marriage and Its Discontents in Nineteenth-Century France (Yale, 2003). In addition, she has published numerous articles and catalogues on subjects as divergent as folk art and comic strips, as well as the work of major artists. She has received fellowships from The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Institut National de l'Histoire de l'Art (France) and the Yale Center for British Art. She is currently completing Another World, a study of the nineteenth century invention of illustrated print culture.