Professor of Art History,
University of Rome «La Sapienza»
Sergio Rossi earned his doctorate in 1971 from the Faulty of Letters at the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” where up to today, uninterrupted since 1972, he has developed his scholarship and research in the Department of History of Art and Performance. Contemporaneously with his teaching in Rome, he was taught the class “History of Art Criticism” in the Faculty of Cultural Heritage Conservation of the Università della Tuscia of Viterbo, from 1991 to 1998, and taught in the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice, from 1999 to 2002.
In terms of his research, his studies have focused principally on: inherent themes in artistic theories and in Italian social reality during the transition from the middle ages into the modern age; the painting of the 14th and 15th centuries in Roman and Florence; the painting and poetry of the 16th century, with special attention to Caravaggio and “caravaggismo;” the artistic production linked to the jubilees, the contemporaneous critical debate, and special attention on the preservation of Italian artistic patrimony.
Among his principal publications are: Dalle botteghe alle Accademie. Realtà sociale e teorie artistiche a Roma e Firenze dal XIV al XVI secolo (Milán: Feltrinelli, 1980), Il fuoco di Prometeo. Metodi e problemi della storia dell’arte (Roma: Bagatto,1993), Pensieri d’artista. Teoria, vita e lavoro nei Maestri del Rinascimento italiano (Udine: Campanotto, 1994 i 2002), Arte come fatica di mente. Da Leonardo al Novecento (Roma: Lithos, 2012), and I pittori fiorentini del Quattrocento e le loro botteghe. Da Lorenzo Monaco a Paolo Uccello (Todi: Tau, 2012).
Among the exhibitions he has curated, along with their respective catalogues, are: Scienza e miracoli nell’arte del Seicento. Alle origini della medicina moderna (March 30 to June 30, 1997), Palazzo Venezia, Roma; L’arte a Roma e in Italia nell’età dei Giubilei dal XVI al XVIII secolo (December 2000 to January 2001, Amos Andersonin Taidemuseo, Helsinki), and From Magic to Medicine. Science and belief in 16th to 18th century art (Dalla magia alla medicina. Scienza e fede nell’arte dei secoli XVI–XVIII), (March 10 to May 30, 2004, Sinebrychoffin Taidemuseo, Helsinki). In 2007, he conceived and curated the exposition Baltico-Mediterraneo. Italia e Finlandia a confronto e Sconfinamenti. Dalla buona pittura alla video art (Januray 23 to April 10, 2007, Museo Nazionale di Castel S. Angelo, Roma).
In 2006, he was invited to be part of the Comitato Nazionale per le Celebrazioni del V° Centenario della nascita di Andrea Bregno, and in 2011 he was part of the scientific committee of the magazine Acta/Artis. Estudis d’Art Modern, dedicated to the study of art, architecture, and visual culture in the modern age.