Paul Kaplan is Professor of Art History in the Schoolof Humanities at PurchaseCollege, SUNY, where he joined the faculty in 1988.  He is a graduate of Hampshire College and Boston University, where he received his doctorate in 1983.  He has also taught at Wake Forest University.  He is the author of The Rise of the Black Magus in Western Art (Ann Arbor, 1985) and of numerous essays on European images of black Africans and Jews, and on political, military and feasting imagery in Venetian art, especially in the work of Giorgione, Titian and Veronese.  He held a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 1993-1994. In 2002-2003 he served as Project Scholar for the artist Fred Wilson’s “Speak of Me as I Am,” an installation in the American Pavilion at the 2003 Venice Biennale, and provided an essay for the exhibition’s catalogue. In 2008 and again in 2012 he was a fellow of the Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.  He is a major contributor to volumes 2, 3 and 4 of Harvard University Press’s new edition of The Image of the Black in Western Art (2010-2012).  He was one of the consultants for “Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe,” the Walters Art Museum’s 2012-2013 exhibition on images of Africa and Africans in sixteenth-century European art. His current work includes research on the role of black Africans in Venetian art and society, the changes in European images of black Africans around 1600, and the intersections of race and art in the writings of nineteenth-century American and British visitors to Italy.