Anita Vitali has a background in both Fine Art and Art History with graduate degrees from Montclair State in the Fine Arts and Rutgers University in the History of Art. Before entering the doctoral program a Rutgers University she attended the L’Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Italy for one year where she studied Art history and painting. Her area of specialization in Art History is Baroque Art, and she completed the doctoral program at Rutgers in 1988 with her dissertation on Gianlorenzo Bernini. In addition to teaching at Rutgers, Professor Vitali taught at New York University, Drew University and Kean University. She gave lectures at such institutions as the Frick Collection in New York and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.