Fredrika Jacobs is A Professor Emerita of Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University. She began teachings at VCU until her retirement. She is the author of Defining the Renaissance 'Virtuosa': Women Artists and the Language of Art History and Criticism (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and The Living Image in Renaissance Art (Cambridge University Press, 2005). She has contributed numerous essays to a variety of books dealing with gender, aesthetics and popular culture in the Renaissance. Her work has appeared in numerous scholarly journals and anthologies, including Renaissance Quarterly, The Art Bulletin, and Word and Image.