Celeste Brusati lives in Ann Arbor, where she is Professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan. A specialist on seventeenth-century Dutch art and culture, she has lived episodically in the Netherlands since the 1970s. She has written on many aspects of Dutch art and visual culture in books and essays on still life, illusionism and trompe-l’oeil, self-imagery, and art theory. Her books include Johannes Vermeer and Artifice and Illusion: The Art and Writing of Samuel van Hoogstraten. She is especially interested in the role of the pictorial arts in the making of Dutch history and culture, and is currently exploring these issues in a book on fictions of seeing in Dutch still life and genre painting.