• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour. Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among four academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, placed in Pisa; the Department of political and social sciences and the Ciampi Institute, located in Florence.  

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of  Sciences, and the Department of Political and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Department of Political and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

Dott.ssa Lucia SIMONATO
Adjoint Professor
Tel. +39 050 509147
fax +39 050 563513

Palazzo della Carovana

Classe di lettere e filosofia
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7
56126, PISA

A-Levels at the ‘Liceo Classico’ of Bolzano in 1995. Studies at the University of Pisa (1999: graduated in History of Early Modern Art) and at the Scuola Normale Superiore under the guidance of Paola Barocchi (1995-1999: Corso ordinario; 1999-2002: Corso di Perfezionamento), with the completion of the Diploma di Licenza in January 2000 and of the Ph.D. in May 2005 in Art History. Post-doctoral research fellowship at the Scuola Normale Superiore (2005-2007) and at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence – Max-Planck-Institut (2007-2008). In the same institution, academic assistant from 2002 to 2005. Currently tenured Researcher in History of Early Modern Art (Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical) at the Scuola Normale Superiore since December 2008 (confirmed in December 2011). Attainment in February 2014 of the National Scientific Qualification as Associate Professor in Art History (10/B1).

Principle research topics: artistic literature in Europe between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; Baroque sculpture; papal patronage in the Early Modern Age; the critical and visual fortunes of the Baroque artists in the contemporary era.

Other titles and activities

Scientific collaboration: Associate Researcher of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence – Max-Planck-Institut (from 2009)

Editorial activities: member of the editorial scientific committee of «Rivista d'Arte», Olschki (from 2011) and of the editorial board of the «Annali. Classe di Lettere e Filosofia», Edizioni della Normale (from 2015)

Professorships: visiting professor at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany (November 2012; May 2014)

Fellowships: Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow / Millon Architectural History Guest Scholar at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) – National Gallery of Art di Washington DC (autumn 2013); Chercheuse invitée of the Institut national d’histoire de l’art in Paris (summer 2016)


  • Bernini scultore. Il difficile dialogo con la modernità, Milano, Electa 2018 (author)
  • Il cardinale Gianfrancesco Albani e le arti tra Roma e Urbino. Il ritratto ritrovato / Cardinal Gianfrancesco Albani and the Arts between Rome and Urbino. A Rediscovered Portrait, Milano, Silvana 2017 (editor)
  • Die Künstler der «Teutschen Academie» von Joachim von Sandrart: Aus aller Herren Länder, Turnhout (Belgium), Brepols 2015 (co-editor with Susanne Meurer and Anna Schreurs-Morét)
  • Le arti a dialogo. Medaglie e medaglisti tra Quattro e Settecento, Pisa, Edizioni della Nomale 2014 (editor)
  • «Impronta di Sua Santità». Urbano VIII e le medaglie, Pisa, Edizioni della Normale 2008 (author)

Conferences and lectures

Scientific curator and co-curator of international conferences at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (2011, 2015, 2016, 2017), at the Goethe-Universität of Frankfurt am Main (2010), at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence (2015), at the Fondazione Federico Zeri in Bologna (2017), and at the Annual Meeting of the RSA  in New Orleans (2018).

Conferences and lessons in Europe at the Freie Universität in Berlin (2000), the Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne (2003), the Cabinet des Estampes de la Bibliothèque Royale Albert I in Brussels (2008), the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg (2012),  the Wallace Collection in London (2013), at the Annual Meeting of the RSA  in Berlin (2015), and at the Université de Lausanne (2018); in Italy at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (2002, 2011, 2016), the École Internationale de Printemps en Histoire de l’Art in Cortona (2005), the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome (2004, 2006, 2017), the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence (2008, 2015), at the Annual Meeting of the RSA  in Venice (2010), the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples (2011), the Università La Sapienza in Rome (2012, 2018), the Università della Tuscia in Viterbo (2013), the Scuola dell’Arte della Medaglia in Rome (2014), the Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo (2015), and the Università di Pisa (2016).


  • Curator of the exhibition Il ritratto ritrovato. Il cardinale Gianfrancesco Albani e le arti tra Roma e Urbino (Urbino 2017)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the exhibition Da Jacopo della Quercia a Donatello. Il primo Rinascimento a Siena (Siena, 2010), and curator of its section Manoscritti miniati ed illustrati. Codici religiosi
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the exhibition La Roma antica e moderna del cardinale Giulio Alberoni (Piacenza, 2008/2009)