This research website is dedicated to two individuals who had important roles in the work described herein:

In the spring of 1996, Richard J. Tauss observed the portrait for the first time, immediately recognized its artistic merits, and—although unfamiliar with the artist and unaware of the portrait's potential historical significance or previous owners—recommended that it be studied carefully.

In mid-2004, Zachary G. Warfield joined the research team, contributed to many of the important discoveries, and became a strong advocate for applying critical-thinking skills throughout the investigation.

Both died tragically before the work reached its culmination.