October 2016

Dr. Sylvia Ferino-Pagden, a specialist in Italian Renaissance art, will present the Opening Lecture ‘Arcimboldo in the service of natural science’, highlighting the links between art and natural science.

Sylvia Ferino-Pagden is Director of the Picture Gallery at the Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM, Museum of Art History) in Vienna.

She studied Art History at Vienna University and Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, where she obtained her MA and did her PhD. She obtained several research fellowships from Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, St. Hugh’s College in Oxford, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence and the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max-Planck-Institute) in Rome.

The focus of her career has been the Italian Renaissance and she has been Curator of Italian Renaissance Painting at the KHM since 1988. She is also Director of KHM’s research projects that are supported by external institutions, such as scientific examinations (x-ray, infrared and chemical analysis) of the paintings by Titian.

Since 1992 she has been a member of the Editorial Board of scholarly quarterly Venezia Cinquecento and a member of various international committees. She has received many awards for her work, including the Cruz de Oficial del Merito Civil order by the Spanish Kingdom, the order of the Ufficiale della Reppublica Italiana and the premium Daria Borghese for the best foreign language exhibition catalogue in the field of art history (Vittoria Colonna – Dichterin und Muse Michelangelos).

Her most important exhibitions and exhibition catalogues include ‘Late Titian and the Sensuousness of Painting’ (Vienna, KHM/Venice, 2007/08), ‘La prima donna del mondo – Isabella d’Este – Fürstin und Mäzenatin der Renaissance’ (Vienna, KHM, 1994) and ‘Immagini del Sentire, I Cinque Sensi nell’ Arte / Los Cinco Sentidos y el Arte’ (Cremona/Madrid, Museo del Prado, 1996/1997), and most recently ‘Arcimboldo, artista milanese tra Leonardo e Caravaggio’ (Milan 2011).

At ECR 2012, Dr. Ferino-Pagden will again focus on Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a late Renaissance Lombard artist (1526–1593), whose artistic drawings were used for scientific illustrations in his time.