David Mayernik is a classical artist and architect who has spent more than 35 years studying and practicing Old Master works and ideas. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce, winner of the Gabriel Prize and a Palladio Award, recognized as one of the decennial top forty American architects under forty in 1995, he has painted frescoes for churches in Tuscany and Ticino, the American Academy in Rome, and his own buildings for the TASIS campus in Switzerland. He has authored numerous articles, including on buon fresco, and two books, Timeless Cities: An Architect's Reflections on Renaissance Italy (Basic Books), and the recent The Challenge of Emulation in Art and Architecture (Routledge). He began his academic career in the 1990's at the New York Academy of Art, teaching perspective. A resident of Lucca, he won the competition to paint the Palio for the Feast of San Paolino in 2013.