Mara Hofmann is the director of the company Lapis Lazuli: artE. She is also part of the board of directors and president of the non-profit association Lapis Lazuli: artE.
In her work as a consultant for private collectors and institutions, she is primarily responsible for the appraisal and mediation of first-class works in the international market. Being involved in the development of important private collections, she regularly arranges loans to renowned libraries and museums in Europe and the USA.
She is also responsible for seeking out new artistic talents and the management and organisation of the artist-in-residence programs, exhibitions, and publications.
Previously, she was the leading specialist for Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts at Sotheby's, London (2013-2018). In her long academic career, she worked in London as research fellow at the Warburg Institute, the National Gallery and the British Library (2005-2013). She is the author of numerous publications focusing on illuminated manuscripts and paintings from the Gothic and Renaissance periods.
In 2003, she was awarded a Feodor-Lynen-Scholarship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to pursue her post-doctoral thesis at the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes in Paris. She received her PhD in Art History in 2002, and her MA in Art History and German Literature in 1998, from the Freie Universität Berlin.