About the Author

Gary Vikan served as director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore from 1994 to 2012. An internationally known Byzantinist and scholar of medieval art, he has published and lectured extensively on topics as varied as early Christian pilgrimage, medicine and magic, icons, the Shroud of Turin, neuroscience and aesthetics, and Elvis Presley. He is adjunct professor of art history at the Johns Hopkins University and a faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies.