Scientific council


Bernard Aikema

Graduated from the University of Amsterdam. He was a professor at Nijmegen University (The Netherlands) and Leuven University (Belgium). He was also a visiting professor at Princeton and Harvard Universities. He has organized conferences on Venetian art in many European countries and in North America. He has written more than 100 articles and books in English and Italian on Venetian painting and drawing. His research methods range from philology and iconology to the social history of art.
He helped organize and curator exhibitions at the Cini Foundation in Venice, in Amsterdam and in New York. In 1999 at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, he co-curatedRenaissance Venice and the North: Crosscurrents in the Time of Bellini, Dürer and Titian. In 2010 at the Galleria Borghese in Rome, he co-curated the exhibition Lucas Cranach: The Other Renaissance. In in 2014 at the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Verona, he co-curated the exhibition Paolo Veronese: L’illusione della realtà. He heads international research projects and is a member of the Ateneo Veneto and of the European Academy. He is a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.


Enrico Maria Dal Pozzolo

Born in Padua in 1963, is Associate Professor of the History of Modern Art at the University of Verona, where he has been teaching Museology and the History of Collecting, the History of Venetian Art and the Historical-artistic Research Methods since 1999.
From 2000 to 2002 he taught Methodology of Historic-Artistic Research at the University of Venice (Ca’ Foscari). He is involved primarily with Venetian Renaissance painting.
He has published approximately 100 scholarly papers on Italian art, as well as monographs, including Lorenzo Lotto ad Asolo: Una pala e i suoi segreti,( Venice, Il Cardo, 1995); Giovanni Bonconsiglio detto Marescalco (Cinisello Balsamo, Silvana Editoriale, 1998); Colori d’amore. Parole, gesti e carezze nella pittura veneziana del Cinquecento (Canova, Treviso, 2008); Giorgione (Federico Motta, Milan, 2009); andPittura Veneta (24 Ore Cultura, Milano, 2010).
He is on the scientific committee of Venezia Cinqecento.
With Antonio Paolucci and Lionello Puppi, he co-curated the exhibition on Giorgione held in Castelfranco Veneto from 12.12.2009 to 11.04.2010. With Irina Artemieva of the Hermitage State Museum in Saint Petersburg and Andrea Bayer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York he is preparing an exhibition for the Palazzo Reale in Milan called Rinascimento privato.


Miguel Falomir

Miguel Falomir (1966) holds a doctorate in the History of Art and is Ordinary Professor at the University of Valencia (Spain). Since 1997, he has been the curator for Italian Renaissance Painting at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, where he has curated several exhibitions, including Una obra maestra restaurada. El Lavatorio de Jacopo Tintoretto(2000); Los Bassano en la España del siglo de Oro (2001); Tiziano (2003), Tintoretto(2007), El retrato del Renacimiento (2008), Tiziano. San Juan Bautista (2012); Las Furias, alegoría política y desafío artístico (2014), and Dánae y Venus y Adonis, las primeras poesías de Tiziano para Felipe II (2014).
He was the Andrew Mellon Professor at the Center for Advanced Studies in Visual Arts (CASVA) of the National Gallery of Art in Washington (2008-2010), and has also written numerous publications published in Europe and the United States. He is currently completing the catalogue raisonné on Titian for the Museo del Prado.


Sylvia Ferino-Pagden

Was born in Mödling in 1946 and is an Austrian citizen, who since 2010 has been Director of the Gemäldegalerie del Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. She studied the History of Art at the Vienna University and Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, receiving a Magister Artium and PhD. from Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania (Equalisation of the title from the University of Vienna in 1988).
From 1974 to 1988 she was the holder of research fellowships in Florence, at the Scuola Normale in Pisa and St. Hugh’s College, Oxford. She received the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence and was a Scientific Assistant at the Hertziana Library (Max Planck- Institut) in Rome.
In 1988 she was a “Visiting Fellow” at the Getty Center for Arts and Humanities in Los Angeles. She has spoken at conferences in the United States at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, New York, Columbia and Santa Barbara Universities.
Since December 1988, she has been Curator of Italian Renaissance Painting at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
Professor at the universities of Perugia, Zurigo, Vienna, and Salzburg.
In 1997 she received the Daria Borghese Award in Rome for the catalogue of the exhibition Vittoria Colonna – Dichterin und Muse Michelangelos as best publication in a foreign language in the field of the history of art.
In 2002 she was awarded the honour of Cruz de Oficial del Merito Civil of the Spanish Monarchy for her merits in the field of art and research.
In 2006 she was awarded the Kythera award by Kythera-Kulturstiftung for her merits in the field of cultural exchanges in Romanic countries.
In 2008 she was awarded the Order of Official of the Republic of Italy.
She is a member of the editorial committees of Venezia Cinquecento and Verona Illustrata. She is a member of numerous international commissions and scientific committees.
She is head of the following scientific projects at the Kunsthistorisches Museum:
since 2003 “Naturwissenschaftliche Untersuchungen der Gemälde Tizians“ financed by the Austrian Research Fund(FWF, Fond zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung);
since 2004 “Die Wissenschaftliche Bearbeitung der Gemälde der Bassano im Kunsthistorischen Museum“ financed by the Jubiläumsfonds of the Austrian National Bank;
since 2012 ”Die Wiener Gemäldegalerie im Wandel der Zeiten von 1911 bis 1938“ financed by the Jubiläumsfonds of the Austrian National Bank.


Augusto Gentili

Formerly Ordinary Professor of the History of Modern Art at Cà Foscari University of Venice. He is a scholar of 15th- and 16th-century Venetian art with a multidisciplinary approach to iconography and cultural history.
He currently works on the documentary sources and the historical framework illuminating the religious paintings of Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. He is also particularly interested in issues regarding the theory, method and history of artistic historiography.
He has published books on Carpaccio, Lotto and Titian and more than 150 articles and short monographs. His most recent book is La bilancia dell’arcangelo. Vedere i dettagli nella pittura veneziana del Cinquecento, (The Scales of the Archangel: Seeing the Details in 16th-Century Venetian Painting), Rome, Bulzoni, 2009.
He founded, runs and curates the biannual periodical, Venezia Cinquecento, now approaching its twentieth year of publication.


Frederick Ilchman

Currently Director of the Department of European Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) and also Curator of European Paintings, a position he has held since 2009. He began at the MFA in 2001 as Assistant Curator of Paintings. A specialist in Italian Renaissance art, he has curated numerous exhibitions, organised international conferences, contributed to scholarly publications, and taught in America and abroad. Ilchman’s much-acclaimed exhibition, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice (2009), organised with the Musée du Louvre in Paris, was the first important exhibition dedicated to the competition between these renowned artists and the affirmation of their distinctive styles. The exhibition won various awards, including “Outstanding Exhibition (Eastern Time Zone)” from the Association of Art Museum Curators and was mentioned as one of the best ten exhibitions of 2009 by the Wall Street Journal. In October 2014, he co-curated the exhibition Goya: Order and Disorder, which opened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2003, he worked as Boston curator for the Thomas Gainsborough, 1727—1788, a travelling exhibition and important retrospective organised by Tate Britain in London. He was part of the group of curators for the Tintoretto exhibition (2007) at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. He recently curated Visiting Masterpiece: Piero della Francesca’s Senigallia Madonna: An Italian Treasure, Stolen and Recovered (2013) and co-curated the exhibition Paolo Veronese: A Master and his Workshop in Renaissance Venice (2012) at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida.
Since 2005 he has been on the board of directors of the American committee of Save Venice Inc., the largest organization involved with preservation of art and architecture in Venice and is now also the director of its scientific committee. He has held the position of Chairman of the Boston Chapter of Save Venice since 2011.
He received an undergraduate degree in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University, where he graduated summa cum laude (1990), as well as a Master’s degree in Art (1992) and a PhD (1996) from Columbia University, New York. He received a research doctorate in the History of Art from Columbia University in May 2014. He has won several grants, including the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant (2006), Save Venice Inc. Art History Fellowship (1999–2001), the Theodore Rousseau Fellowship, Metropolitan Museum of Art (1996–1997, 1998–1999) and the Fulbright Fellowship (IIE), Italia (1997–1998). In 2010, he was a member of the Center for Curatorial Management in New York City.


Stefania Mason

Formerly Ordinary Professor of History of Modern Art and Director of the School of History of Art at the University of Udine. Her research focuses on Venetian painting and graphic art between the 15th and 17th centuries, including foreign artists active in the Veneto such as Paolo Fiammingo and Ludovico Pozzoserrato. She has undertaken a systematic study of Palma il Giovane and published the catalogue raisonné of his work as well as major studies on Vittore Carpaccio and the atelier of Jacopo Bassano.
She has participated in many international conferences (Braunschweig 1984; Roma 1996 e 2002; Bordeaux 2006; Vienna 2007; Madrid 2007; Paris 2007; New York 2011; Cambridge 2013) and served on the scientific committee of numerous exhibitions on Venetian painting as well as contributing to the catalogues of these exhibitions.
She organized and directed the project “Il collezionismo artistico a Venezia dalle origini al Settecento” (Art Collecting in Venice, from its Origins to the 18th Century), overseeing the publication of three volumes (Venezia/Marsilio Foundation, 2007, 2008, 2009). She has published approximately 100 articles in Italian and international periodicals as well as essays in the acts of congresses, entries in exhibition catalogues and various monographic works.
She is part of the scientific committee of Arte Veneta, Studi tizianeschi, ArtsItalies and is member of the academic committee of the Ateneo Veneto.