(born in 1941) is Director of the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, where he is a Professor of the History of Art and Classical Archaeology. He is the Director of the Laboratory of Analysis, Research, Protection, Technologies and Economy for cultural heritage. He was Visiting Professor at several European and American universities and served as a Director at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, as President of the Senior Council for Cultural and Landscape at the Italian Ministry of Culture. He is a member of the European Research Council, of the Advisory Board of the Enciclopedia Italiana, of the Committee of Experts for Research Policy at the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. He has published several books including: Battaglie senza eroi (Electa, 1980), and for the publishers Einaudi his works include Italia S.p.A. L’assalto al patrimonio culturale (2002); Artemidoro (2008); and Artisti e committenti fra Quattrocento e Cinquecento (2010).