Silvia Massa

Silvia Massa photo

Born in Genoa (1989), I am a PhD candidate in Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies in Lucca.

I got my master degree (2013) in Art History from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, with a dissertation on the engraver Raffaello Guidi (XVI-XVII c.), of whom I wrote the catalogue raisonné. I did an internship at Museo di Palazzo Bianco in Genoa where I worked on iconographic research, collaborated at the staging of an exhibition and created didactic activities and materials. After my master degree I was an intern at Società Dante Alighieri in Berlin.

I am a contributor to the magazine Grafica d’Arte, Italian magazine specialized on graphic arts. 

My PhD project is about prints and drawings collections and how they were made public by turning them into museums. My research is concerned with identifying best practices in conservation, management, digitalization of prints and drawings collections in Italy. This study will be enhanced by comparing the Italian situation with case studies chosen from print rooms abroad. 

Outside IMT I work as a freelance tour guide and tour leader. I am interested in cultural tourism and especially the relationship between temporary exhibitions and permanent collections and the best strategies to engage different audiences with the arts.

Travel addicted. Love cooking, skiing and driving my Vespa.