Consultant to the Board of Trustees
Special Consultant to the Executive Committee
Special Consultant for Photography
About the Trustees
Sir Nicholas Penny FSA (born 21 December 1949) is a British art historian. From 2008 to 2015 he was director of the National Gallery in London.
Penny was educated at Shrewsbury School and St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, before undertaking his postgraduate studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. His academic career began with a research fellowship at Clare Hall, Cambridge, after which he went on to teach art history at Manchester University. While still in his early twenties, Penny was appointed to the Slade Professorship at Oxford University and to a Senior Research Fellowship at King’s College, Cambridge. He was the co-author, with Francis Haskell, of Taste and the Antique, a study of the formation of the canon of classical sculpture published in 1984.
Between 1984 and 1989, Penny was keep of the department of Western art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. In 1990, he began a long association with the National Gallery, joining the institution as Clore Curator of Renaissance Painting. Earlier that year, Penny made an unsuccessful bid for the directorship of the National Gallery, the post going to Charles Saumarez Smith. Again in 2002, Penny was appointed Senior Curator of Sculpture at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Following Saumarez Smith’s early resignation from his past, Penny was once again a candidate for heading the London National Gallery, and this time he succeeded. He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honors. In 2015, he retired as Director of the National Gallery and in 2016, became the President of Vistas.
Hester Diamond has been personally and professionally involved with painting, sculpture and decorative arts all her life. She has been a collector since she graduated from college in 1949. She worked as an art dealer with her first husband, Harold Diamond, for 25 years. She worked as an interior designer, using high quality European furniture and objects, for 20 years.
After her retirement, she was the founding president of The Medici Archive Project, supporting an important art-historical research project in Florence. This was a serious contribution to the work of art historians and curators. With VISTAS, she hopes to make another real contribution.
Jon Landau (born May 1947) is an American music critic, manager and record producer, most known for his association in all three capacities with Bruce Springsteen. Landau’s prophetic 1974 article in Boston’s The Real Paper, wherein he famously claimed, “I saw rock and roll’s future and its name is Bruce Springsteen,” is credited by Nick Hornby and others with fostering Springsteen’s popularity. Landau was then hired by Springsteen, and is cited as co-producer on Springsteen studio records from 1975’s Born to Run through 1992’s Human Touch and Lucky Town. He is considered to have influenced Springsteen artistically as well as professionally. He became his manager in 1977.
Landau is the Executive Vice President and Chairman of the nominating committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His company, Jon Landau Management, has worked with many popular artists and is based in Rowayton, Ct. He is very well known in the community of collectors, curators and scholars of art as a collector. He has two emphases, Italian painting and sculpture of the 13th through 17th centuries and mid-19th century French romantic realist painting, including one of the largest collections of Courbet in private hands.
Fabrizio Moretti was born in Prato, Italy in 1976. He had a classical education, graduating with a degree in Literature and History from the Department of Literature and Philosophy at the University of Florence. He founded Moretti Srl at the age of 22. Mr. Moretti is a member of the Italian Federation of Art Dealers, of the Antique Association of Italy and the National Syndicate of French Antiquaries. In 2004, the Minister of Culture and French Communications, Renaud Donnedieu Vabres, awarded Mr. Moretti the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Special Consultant to the Executive Committee
Andrew Butterfield is a preeminent authority on European sculpture, with more than thirty years of experience at the highest level in every sector of the art world: academia, museums, and the market. He has participated in the discovery, authentication and publication of dozens of newly found masterworks, and has authored more than one hundred articles and books, on subjects ranging from Ghiberti to Picasso. His research has won many awards, among them The Mitchell Prize for Best Book in the Visual Arts for his monograph on The Sculptures of Andrea del Verrocchio.back to top