John T. Spike is a noted art historian, author and lecturer, specializing in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. He is also an important critic of contemporary art and directed the Biennial of Florence. In 2007, Spike was named to the faculty of the Masters in Sacred Art History, organised by the European University of Rome and the Pontifical Athenaeum, ‘Regina Apostolorum.’ In 2010 Spike was engaged by the Council of Europe as an expert in Cultural Heritage. Spike is also the author of the critically acclaimed Caravaggio. He lives in Florence.