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DAVID CAST was educated at the universities of Oxford and Columbia, where he received a PhD in the History of Art in 1970. He has taught at Yale, Cornell, and, for many years now, at Bryn Mawr College where he is Professor of History of Art and Eugenia Chase Guild Professor of the Humanities emeritus. His work is focused primarily on the critical language of art in the Italian Renaissance, English architectural theory in England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and British realist painting in the twentieth century. His father was a friend of Forge for many years at the Slade School of Fine Arts in London.
Andrew Forge was an English painter and a teacher of painting (Yale University 1975–1994), renowned and respected on both sides of the Atlantic. But he was also known for his writing on the arts, spanning almost fifty years, which was admired for the delicacy and openness of his language and the ways in which he thought about the processes of perception in all their sensual possibilities.