Art historian Paula Swart has been a museum curator for more than 20 years. Born in The Hague in the Netherlands, she studied at the Universities of Leiden and Amsterdam and holds degrees in art history, history, archaeology, and Chinese studies. Paula speaks five languages, including Dutch and Mandarin, and has published several books and numerous articles on art and architecture. She has researched Dutch trade and exploration, and has a special interest in 17th-century Dutch still life paintings. Paula studied and helped curate an exhibition of artifacts from the shipwreck of the Dutch East India company ship Witte Leeuw (White Lion), which was found off the island of St. Helena and documented in the October 1978 issue of National Geographic magazine.