Professor Anna L. Dallapiccola has a Ph.D in Indian Art History, a Habilitation (D.Litt.) from University of Heidelberg (Germany). She was Professor of Indian Art at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University from 1971 to 1995. She worked in India with the Vijayanagara Research Project from 1984 to 2001 and her current research focuses on Vijayanagara and its successor states. Among her many publications the latest is the Catalogue of South Indian Paintings in the collection of the British Museum (to be published by the British Museum Press).