Archival research and scientific analysis

My research output arises from the idea of pursuing a deepened knowledge and a more conscious interpretation of the artwork through a strong interaction between the art historical research and the scientific analysis. My interest has been at first directed towards the study of the organization of the artist’s workshop and the art techniques in use between the Fifteenth and Sixteenth centuries, particularly in Rome, aiming to improve the diagnosis and preventive conservation of polychrome artworks as mural paintings.


  • Technical Art History
  • Artistic Literature
  • Renaissance Rome
  • Renaissance Antiquarianism
  • History of Collecting

Recent research topics and methods (2015 - present)

I’m investigating the early activity of Michelangelo Buonarroti in Rome and his connection with Jacopo Galli’s patronage. I draw my inspiration from the philological method followed by my MA thesis supervisor prof. Stefano Colonna, starting from the exploration of the biographical links among patrons, humanists and academics in Rome, Florence and Brescia during the Renaissance, in order to better retrace the artistic and literary environment surrounding Michelangelo.

Research Projects

  • Icoxilòpoli

    Ongoing study group on the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili woodcuts at the University of Rome ``La Sapienza``

    A study group of scholars as well as students was founded in 2013 by the professor Stefano Colonna, in order to focus the art historical research on the whole set of woodcuts which enrich the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, in a deep connection between the images and the Renaissance text.

    I contributed to this project with the examination of the sixth xylography, representing the Equus Infoelicitatis. The article was published on the BTA – Bollettino Telematico dell’Arte in 2015 and it’s available full text here.


    The results of this ongoing study are gradually collected and here’s the catalogue of the analyzed woodcuts, published on the BTA – Bollettino Telematico dell’Arte.

  • Renaissance fresco pigments characterization

    In range of the IT@CHA project at ENEA Research Center

    This interdisciplinary research was included in the IT@CHA project (Italian Technologies for Advanced Application in Cultural Heritage) and financed by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) in the range of the PON 2007-2013.

    I’ve contributed to start and develop the research project, led in the Laser Diagnostic and Metrology Laboratory (UTAPRAD-DIM) at ENEA Research Center in Frascati, in order to collect the spectral analysis data of Renaissance fresco pigments in an appropriate database, valid as a reference model for some conservative operations to be performed on the mural paintings as well as eventual restoration works.


    Details on the research project can be found in the section of ENEA’s 2012 activity report concerning the “Diagnostics for Cultural Heritage preservation and fruition” (pp. 25-32).

    Part of the research results has been published and presented at the “7th International Conference on Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy” (Luxor, Egypt, 29 September – 4 October 2012) and “The Third Balkan Symposium On Archaeometry”, entitled “The Unknown Face of the Artwork” (Bucharest, Romania, 29 – 30 October 2012), whose proceedings are available here.