Virtual Encounter Venice: History, Creativity, and Innovations Join us and art historian Elaine Ruffolo. Our presenter, Elaine Ruffolo, is a Renaissance art historian with a special interest in 15th-century patronage. She has lectured for Syracuse and Stanford Universities in Florence, and designed academic travel programs for the Smithsonian, the Clark, Telfair Museums, Atlanta High Museum, Yale Alumni, College of William and Mary and the Patrons of the Vatican Museums. Elaine is on the advisory board of the Friends of Florence and consults for CEO and YPO programs throughout Europe and recently began Art History Encounters, an online series of presentations bringing the art and culture of Italy to those at home. Elaine lives in Florence, Italy, and spends her time teaching and traveling throughout Europe.