Changes are afoot at the Uffizi with the appointment of Simone Verde as the director of Florence’s foremost gallery, while Eike Schmidt has been designated head of the Capodimonte museum complex in Naples.
Simone Verde, 48, comes from the Palazzo della Pilotta Museum in Parma, which he has directed since 2017. Prior to this, he was head of scientific research and publications for the Louvre Abu Dhabi (Agence France-Muséums). He studied Theoretical Philosophy in Rome and Paris, has a doctorate in anthropology of cultural heritage as well as a degree in museology and art history from the Ecole du Louvre.
Other museum director appointments in Italy
Eike Schmidt moves to the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples from the Uffizi Galleries.
Angelo Crespi moves from the Museo Maga in Gallarate to the Pinacoteca di Brera.
Renata Cristina Mazzantini moves from the Quirinale Contemporaneo project to the Galleria d’arte moderna e contemporanea in Rome.
Federica Zalabra moves to Museo Nazionale d’Abruzzo after heading up Musei Abruzzo.
Costantino D’Orazio moves to Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, in Perugia after a long-term role as art historian at the Sovrintendenza Comunale in Rome and a curator of ancient and contemporary art exhibitions.
Fabrizio Sudano moves to Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria from his role as Superintendent for the Department of Archaeology, Fine Art and Landscape for the Metropolitan City of Reggio Calabria and the Province of Vibo Valentia.
Thomas Clement Salomon moves to the Gallerie Nazionali di Arte Antica in Rome after many years as a jurist and art historian as well as heading up projects at Galleria Borghese.
Stella Falzone moves to the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Taranto after working as an archaeologist and staff scientist at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna.
Alessandra Necci moves to the Gallerie Estensi after writing several books about Isabella d’Este, Maria Theresa of Austria and Maria Antoinette, Niccolò Machiavelli, Napoleon, Caterina de’ Medici and Louis XIV.
The appointments were decided and announced by the Italian Ministry of Culture.