Science & Art

I am currently (2019) research scientist at the University of Zurich within a ERC Advanced Grant about technology and aesthetics of film colors. My contribution led to obtain an additional Proof-of-Concept Grant to prototype a new generation of film scanners.

My studies in Heritage Science started at the University of Florence in 2000. At the Institute of Applied Physics my activity was focused on the analysis of paintings for the identification of pigments by using non-invasive spectroscopic technique; afterwards I worked on Color Camera Characterization and Hyper-spectral Imaging. During this time, Centrica s.r.l. occasionally hired me for the acquisition of high-resolution digital images of the Uffizi Gallery's masterpieces. From 2007 to 2010 I was a member of the group CREATE.

Between 2010 and 2014 I was a PhD student at the Imaging & Media Lab in Basel, designing an optical setup for the digital restoration of photographs and motion-picture. In 2012 the Association of Moving image Archivists awarded me a grant for an internship at the Image Permanence Institute in Rochester (NY). In 2013 I was a teaching assistant at the University of Basel, and started collaborating with the University of Zurich for DIASTOR.

For two years (2014-2016) I have been a postdoc fellow in Imaging Science at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, designing spectral imaging methodologies in support of conservation treatments and study of works of art.

In 2014, together with a group of film enthusiasts, I founded 8mmezzo.