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Elisa Bernard

A Classical archaeologist and art historian, Elisa Bernard is a Ph.D. Candidate in Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca. She has received her M.A., with honors, and her B.A., with honors, from the University of Padua, Italy.
Her research exists at the intersection of classical archaeology and art history, history, and museology and centers around four main areas:

  1. The status of and the relationship between artifacts, images, and texts as documents to reconstruct social and cultural interactions and contexts in Greco-Roman Antiquity.
  2. The notions of authenticity and originality in Classical art, also in a comparative perspective with the post-antique world.
  3. The receptions of antiquity in modern and contemporary western civilization and art, primarily through the lens of art forgery.
  4. The history of protection of cultural heritage and the history of museums in Italy.


Elisa Bernard’s work has been published in Engramma, Archeologia dell’architettura, Il Capitale Culturale, Studies in Conservation, and the International Journal of Constitutional Law. She has guest lectured at the IULM University of Milan and the University of Padua in Italy. She has spoken at conferences in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Hong Kong. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of Predella. Journal of Visual Arts and serves as Assistant Editor at Authenticity Studies. International Journal of Archaeology and Art.