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Art history with a specific focus on the 16th and 17th centuries and Mannerism;

History of art art collecting;

Restoration and conservation of ciltural heritage as well as history of art conservation;

Museography and museology;

Iconography and museology;

Scientific and electronic publishing.


Degree in Humanities, majoring in History of Modern Art and awarded with magna cum laude, University “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy, 1993.

Post-graduate, three-year higher diploma in Medieval and Modern Art History, University “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy, 1996.

Awarded in 1995 a National Research Center (CNR) Scholarship at the Ravenna branch of the Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics of Faenza on the theme: “Historical and technical researches on mosaic restoration of the Basilica of San Vitale”.

Awarded in 1998 a National Research Center (CNR) Scholarship at the Institute of Studies on Research and Scientific Records (ISRSD) in Rome, on the theme: “Italian scientific museums: functions and organization”.

Admitted in 1998 to the Register of Technical Advisors of the Ordinary Court Tribunal of Rome (civil sector), as an expert witness in the fields of restoration, painting, sculpture and art history.


Work experience

Employed as a permanent staff member at the CNR Institute for the Conservation and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage (ICVBC) in Rome, Italy. She has over 10 years of publishing industry experience in a broad range of areas focusing on cultural heritage and the enhancement of research studies.

She works in the publishing sector for the valorization of the research activities results in the Cultural Heritage field. Specifically, as editor, she is in charge with the management and organizationof the scientific editorial staff of the “Journal of Cultural Heritage”, international magazine published by CNR and the Paris-based Editions Elsevier, both in hardcopy and electronic formats. Since 2004 the Journal has been indexed by the Citation Index - ISI Thompson. The magazine is published bimonthly, until 2014 published 15 Volumes.

She has edited all the regular and special issues of of the “Journal of Cultural Heritage” since volume three was published in 2002. As of December 2013, 14 volumes of the Journal will have been published.

In her capacity as an art historian and expert in restoration, she deals with multidisciplinary researches and studies submitted to the Journal for publication – in particular with those pertaining to historical and conservational issues of art works (including artifacts, buildings and monuments) and with a particular focus on new research intervention technologies as applied to the study and restoration of cultural heritage. Her area of competence has also included those aspects of complexity generated by the different cultural origins of the artifacts, monuments and topics covered.


Between 2005 and 2012, she worked at Rome´s Istituto di Studi sulle Civiltà Italiche e del Mediterraneo Antico (Institute for the Study of Italic and Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations), (ISCIMA – CNR) where she was involved in the following projects:

2011: in charge of the photographic archive -  including managing its computerized data base -  for the ISCIMA project: Encyclopedic Dictionary of  the Phoenician Civilization (DECF);

2009-2011: carried out a systematic review of the graphic, photographic and archival  documentation of the necropolis of Norchia, as part of an ongoing research project on the rock necropolises in the Viterbo area;

2009-2011: participated in a survey of archaeological museums entitled: “Cultural and environmental heritage and the achievement of competitiveness through a complex pattern of archaeological, historical and territorial stratification: the Province of Viterbo”. The survey was conducted in terms of an agreement between ISCIMA - CNR and the Italian Geographical Society;

2009: established and managed for the “Journal of Cultural Heritage” an online archive and also a virtual editorial office specifically designed for managing the Journal´s scientific editorial desk . Link: http://ees.elsevier.com/culher/;

2007: conducted support activities within the research project: “Archaeology and Information Society. Computer methodologies and formal models to enhance the study of archaeological heritage”. Activities were related to issues concerning museum displays,  the encoding of archaeological corpora  and of archival documents with a view to electronic publishing;

2000 to 2005:  worked at the CNR Directorate for the “Cultural Heritage” Special Project (Progetto Finalizzato “Beni Culturali”), where she was responsible for the editorial planning of a book series published in terms this Special Project. In addition, within the European Project Euroreka / Eurocare “EACH” (European Agency for Cultural Heritage) she  participated in the implementation  of a web portal - www.eachmed.com - devoted to scientific and technological activities that focus on the preservation of the cultural heritage of the European and Arab populations in the Mediterranean basin.


From 1980 to 2002 she was actively involved in many restoration projects in Italy and abroad. In particular, she conducted restoration work on: the ancient and valuable mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale (Ravenna) and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (Rome); the mural paintings and frescoes in Palazzo della Corgna (Città della Pieve) and Palazzo Braschi (Rome); and, on the stone materials of the historic buildings, Villa Medici (Rome) and Villa d'Este (Tivoli) and paintings on canvas and wood.



Stella E.M., “Quelle pitture ardite e disinvolte...” Corrado Ricci fra restauro e conservazione, Quaderni IRTEC- CNR., n. 7, Faenza, 1997.


Chapters in books

Stella E.M., I musei scientifici universitari e il caso dell’Università degli Studi’La Sapienza’ di Roma, §§ 2, 3, 4, 5, in: E. Reale ( a cura di), I musei scientifici in Italia. Funzioni e organizzazione, Franco Angeli Editore, Milano 2002, pp. 128-150.

Stella E.M.,  Fiori C., Il restauro in situ del mosaico parietale. L’esperienza di San Vitale e di altri recenti restauri in Italia, in Mosaico. Analisi dei materiali e problematiche di restauro. Parte III. Quaderni IRTEC n. 6, ‘Mosaico e restauro musivo’, Faenza, 1996, pp. 15- 48.

Stella E.M.,  Ferrerio Pietro, Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani, Roma, 1996, pp. 815-816.



Stella E.M., Cronache da Siena: La Mostra d’antica arte senese del 1904,  in ‘Ricerche di Storia dell’Arte’, n. 73, 2001, pp. 13-20.

Stella E.M., Intervenire per cancellare o per conservare ? Una difficile scelta per Corrado Ricci, in ‘Ricerche di Storia dell’Arte’, n. 62, 1997, pp. 55-65.

Stella E.M., Novità e precisazioni su Palazzo della Corgna a Città della Pieve: la sala del Concerto, in  ‘Storia dell’Arte’, n. 80, 1994, pp. 5-22.


Technical Reports

Stella E.M., Relazione storico-artistica e tecnico scientifica su dipinto attribuito a Pablo Picasso, Proc. Pen. N. 48162713 RGNR, Prot. N.0000591 del 16/0472014, Montelibretti, 2014

Stella E.M., Il carro di Monteleone di Spoleto: trascrizione integrale dei documenti d’archivio del Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione (AA.BB.AA. 1904-1907), Prot. N.0001908 del 18/11/2013, Montelibretti, 2013

Stella E.M., Ricognizione documentaria, grafica, fotografica e archivistica sulla necropoli rupestre di Norchia, Etruria Meridionale Viterbo. CNR –ISCIMA, Rapporto tecnico Prot. n. 0001227 del 18/10/2011, Montelibretti, 2011.

Stella E.M., Indagine sull’accessibilità e fruibilità dei musei archeologici della Provincia di Viterbo: struttura del questionario e presentazione preliminare dei risultati. CNR –ISCIMA, Rapporto tecnico Prot. n. 0000628 del 09/05/2011, Montelibretti, 2011.

Stella E.M., I musei scientifici romani universitari: prima elaborazione dei dati emersi dalle schede di rilevamento del loro patrimonio scientifico. CNR - ISRDS Rapporto tecnico n. 4, Roma, 1999.