Anna Ottani Cavina teaches History of Modern Art at the University of Bologna and at the Johns Hopkins University (Bologna Center). She has published and prepared exhibitions on Caravaggio style paintings of the Italian 17th century, of the neoclassical and Romantic Age. Her essay I paesaggi della ragione. La città neoclassica da David a Humbert de Superville, was awarded the Morassi Prize for History of Art 1994. With the direction of Umberto Eco she made the programmes for visual arts on the Olivetti CDROMs on Il Seicento, Il Settecento, L'Ottocento nella Storia della Civiltà Europea, 1994, 1995, 1996. She is a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Yale, Brown e Johns Hopkins, she has worked at the Washington National Gallery, Getty Center in Los Angeles, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. In 1996 the Académie de France in Paris awarded her with the Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She held The 1999 Italian Academy Lecture Series at the Columbia University in New York.