Prof.
Adela
Roatcap

Dr. Adela Spindler Roatcap is a New Yorker who lived and studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before graduating from UC Berkeley in 1966 with majors in History of Art and Cultural Anthropology. In 1969, she received an M.A. from the University of Oregon, with a thesis on the History of 15th century Spanish/Italian Renaissance Art. In 1973, she earned her Ph.D., as a Kress Fellow, from Stanford University, with a dissertation on “Russian Medieval Art, The Iconography of Saint Sergius of Radonez.” Dr. Roatcap is the author of many articles published in American and British journals regarding William Morris, Fine Presses and Artist Books and has lectured extensively on the History of Art and Ballet. While teaching at Mills College, she published, The Book of the Dance in the 20th Century, as well as Raymond Duncan, Printer, Expatriate, Eccentric Artist. In 2006, her The Picture of Oscar Wilde, was published in the Book Club of California’s Quarterly Newsletter. Dr. Roatcap’s current book, Portrait of a Renaissance Bibliophile, is an iconographical study of Hans Memling’s portrait of Bernardo Bembo who, as Venetian ambassador to Lorenzo de’Medici’s court, became an important patron to Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci.