She studied history of modern art and museology at the university of Rome 3 and the university of Florence, and received scholarships from the Foundation for the study of art history "Roberto Longhi", the Accademia di San Luca-British Academy, and the Accademia dei Lincei at the Courtauld Institute in London. She obtained a PhD in History and Conservation of works of art and architecture at the university of Rome 3 in 2005. From 2007 to 2009, she was a post-doc researcher and professore ex cattedra in History of art criticism in the university of Calabria. She presently teaches the history of modern art at the Istituto di studi italiani (ISI) of USI. Her studies deal mostly with classical tradition between the 17th and the 19th c. and with the transmission of models and the reproducibility of art during the early modern period. She received in 2014 the Research Support Grant of Paul Mellon-Centre for British Art (Yale University). Among her most recent publications : La pittura di storia in Italia (with G. Capitelli, 2008), La Copia. Connoisseurship, storia del gusto e della conservazione (2010), Roma fuori di Roma. L’esportazione dell’arte moderna da Pio VI all’Unità (with G. Capitelli and S. Grandesso, 2012), Palazzo Cenci Bolognetti al Gesù. Architettura, decorazione, restauri (with F. Mercorelli, 2012).
- History of Modern Art (XVI-XIX c.)
- Museology and History of Collecting (XVII-XVIII c.)
- Reproduction in Art, copies and fakes in art and architecture
- The Artist and the evolution of the spaces of artistic practice: atelier, academies, museums
- Urban history and iconography of the City (from prints to photography)
-Historiography of art and theory of restoration and conservation (XVIII-XIX c.)