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Staff List

Carmen C. Bambach, Curator of Italian and Spanish drawings (BA, MA, and PhD, Yale University; fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences), is a specialist in Italian Renaissance art. She is the author of Drawing and Painting in the Italian Renaissance Workshop: Theory and Practice, 1300–1600 (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and Una eredità difficile: i disegni ed i manoscritti di Leonardo tra mito e documento (Florence, 2009), more than 70 scholarly articles, and 10 exhibition catalogues, including Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer (2017), The Drawings of Bronzino (2010), An Italian Journey (2010), Leonardo da Vinci: Master Draftsman (2003), Correggio and Parmigianino (2000), and The Drawings of Filippino Lippi and His Circle (1997).

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Ashley E. Dunn, Assistant Curator, joined the department in 2016 and is responsible for 19th-century French drawings, prints, and illustrated books. She previously held positions in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, where she is completing her PhD. She holds a BA in French from Emory University and MA in the history of art and visual culture from the University of Oxford. She was a co-curator of Rodin at The Met (2017) and is currently preparing Devotion to Drawing: The Karen B. Cohen Collection of Eugène Delacroix (2018).

Jennifer Farrell, Associate Curator, is responsible for modern and contemporary prints and artists' books. She joined the department in December 2014 after holding curatorial positions at the Yale University Art Gallery, the University of Virginia, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. She has taught and lectured extensively, and publications include Get There and Decide Promptly: The Richard Brown Baker Collection of Postwar Art (2012), which received The Frick Collection's 2013 Book Prize for a Distinguished Publication in the History of Collecting in America. She earned a BA from Smith College and a PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Jeffrey Fraiman, Research Assistant, joined the department in January 2017 and is assisting curator Carmen C. Bambach with the exhibition Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer (2017). Previously in the Department of European Paintings, he contributed to the exhibition Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio (2016) and published entries for the online collection. He specializes in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, and is a doctoral candidate in art history at Rutgers University.

David del Gaizo, Senior Departmental Technician, has worked in the Department of Drawings and Prints since 1985, where he is responsible for the preparation of the department's objects for exhibition and loan, the installation of special exhibitions, as well as maintaining and upgrading the permanent collection. Since joining the department, he has worked on numerous exhibitions including Vincent van Gogh: The Drawings (2005), Leonardo Da Vinci: Master Draftsman (2003), The Drawings of Filipino Lippi and His Circle (1997), and Goya in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1995). He received a BA in literature from West Virginia University.

Harrison Jackson, Collections Management Assistant, joined the department in 2015, where she is responsible for researching and cataloguing the permanent collection. She holds an MA in the history of art and architecture from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (2015), and a BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University (2013). Prior to joining the Drawings and Prints staff, she interned in the department in 2014. She has also held positions at Art Basel, David Zwirner, and Maison Gerard.

Ricky Luna, Research Associate, is the technician in charge of matting, framing, and installing Old Master drawings. Ricky holds a BS in industrial design from the Mapúa Institute of Technology in the Philippines, and has an extensive background in the field of architecture and design, focused mainly in perspective drawing, rendering, and model making. He has been with the Museum since 2000.

Mark McDonald, Curator, is responsible for Italian, Spanish, Mexican, and early French prints and illustrated books. He joined the Museum in 2014 after working at the British Museum as curator of old master prints and Spanish drawings. His interests embrace Renaissance European graphic art and Latin American printmaking. His The Print Collection of Ferdinand Columbus: 1488–1539 won the Mitchell Prize for Art History, and recent work includes a study of Goya's Disasters of War. He is currently completing a six-volume publication of the print collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Mark has curated exhibitions at the British Museum and the Museo del Prado, among others. He supervises doctoral students, teaches regularly, and holds a BA (Hons), MA, and PhD.

Constance C. McPhee, Curator, is responsible for British drawings, prints, and illustrated books before 1900, and pre-20th-century American prints, illustrations, and books. After joining the department as print room supervisor in 2000, she organized the New York venue of Samuel Palmer (1805–1881): Vision and Landscape (2005) and co-curated Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine (2011) and The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design (2014). Constance received her BA from Princeton University and her MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Nadine M. Orenstein, Drue Heinz Curator in Charge, received her BA from Barnard College and her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She has written and lectured extensively on 17th-century Northern European prints and drawings, and her publications include several volumes for the New Hollstein Dutch series on the prints of Hendrick Hondius, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and Simon Frisius. Nadine's exhibitions at The Met include Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Drawings and Prints (2001), Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch Master (1558–1617): Prints, Drawings, and Paintings (2003), Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine (2011), and The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers (2017).

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Jillian Pfifferling, Assistant for Administration, joined the department in April 2017. She coordinates visitor appointments in the Study Room for Drawings and Prints and processes loans and acquisitions. She received her BA from Wheaton College and her MA from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her areas of study were 16th-century Italian painting and drawing.

Allison Rudnick, Assistant Curator, manages the Study Room for Drawings and Prints and oversees the ephemera collection. She joined the department as a research assistant in 2012 and has held positions at the print shop Harlan & Weaver and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Active in the field of contemporary printmaking, she is a frequent contributor to Art in Print and serves as treasurer for the Association of Print Scholars. She holds a BA from Connecticut College and an MPhil from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she is a PhD candidate.

Arielle Schraeter, Collections Management Associate, joined the Museum in 2015. She oversees the cataloguing team who work to research and document the department's extensive permanent collection. Prior to The Met, she held positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; and Sotheby's. Arielle has taught classes on the history of decorative arts and design at Parsons The New School for Design and SUNY Purchase. She received a BA from Hamilton College and an MA from Parsons The New School for Design.

Femke Speelberg, Associate Curator, is responsible for drawings, prints, and illustrated books related to historic ornament, design, and architecture. Femke focuses on the history of design and the transmission of ideas, connecting works on paper with artworks, objects, and architecture from the 15th to the 20th century. She has curated the Met exhibitions Living in Style: Five Centuries of Interior Design from the Collection of Drawings and Prints (2013) and Fashion and Virtue: Textile Patterns and the Print Revolution, 1520–1620 (2015). Femke is currently preparing an exhibition of Thomas Chippendale's drawings for his Gentleman and Cabinetmaker's Director to be held in 2018.

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Freyda Spira, Associate Curator, joined the department in 2008 and is responsible for Northern European prints. She holds a BA from Barnard College and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Her exhibitions include Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2012) and Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475–1540 (2012) at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. She has also curated numerous smaller exhibitions on 19th- and 20th-century visual culture, including Legends of the Dead Ball Era (2013), A Sport for Every Girl (2012), Century Posters, and Life Magazine and Pop Art.

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  • Spira, Freyda. A Pioneering Collection: Master Drawings from the Crocker Art Museum, edited by William Breazeale. Sacramento: Crocker Art Museum, 2010.
  • ———. "Daniel Hopfer and Early Etched Armor in Augsburg." In Daniel Hopfer: Ein Augsburger Meister der Renaissance, edited by Achim Reiter. Munich: Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, 2009.
  • ———. "Daniel Hopfer's St. Paul Preaching and the Question of Mediation." In Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 4 (2010).

Perrin Stein, Curator, oversees the collection of French drawings, prints, and illustrated books before 1800. She came to The Met in 1995 following three years as assistant curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She holds a BA from Amherst College and a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Perrin has organized and contributed to numerous exhibition and collection catalogues, including Eighteenth-Century French Drawings in New York Collections (1999), The Wrightsman Pictures (2005), French Drawings from the British Museum: Clouet to Seurat (2005), Gabriel de Saint-Aubin, 1724–1780 (2007), Artists and Amateurs: Etching in Eighteenth-Century France (2013), and Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant (2016).

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Liz Zanis, Collections Management Associate, has been in the Department of Drawings and Prints since 2003. She earned her BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and primarily works in the Study Room for Drawings and Prints, where she organizes and handles works of art requested by visitors, curators, and classes. Liz also maintains the departmental storerooms and leverages her knowledge as a printmaker to assist in cataloguing the collection.

Mary Zuber, Senior Collections Manager, joined the Department of Drawings and Prints in 2003. She facilitates the department's acquisitions and outgoing loans of drawings as well as the care and organization of the permanent collection. Mary received her BA from Cornell University.