For many, the history of art is a recounting of names and dates. For Dr. Gail Levin, it is about the human stories behind great pieces of art. “I became in- terested in art because my mother had gone to art school and her parents made her drop out, because they thought art was sinful,” says this native of Atlanta, Georgia. The reason was that, as orthodox Jewish immigrants, her grandparents became alarmed when her mother began winning prizes for painting male nudes.
Levin not only de ed her grandparents’ traditions but took her studies very seriously, thanks to her mother who taught her how to paint “almost as soon as I could walk,” she says.