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Daniela Ventrelli

Project chief.

After the degree in Classical Letters awarded cum laude and publication recommended at the University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, she has focused on the National Museum Jatta of Ruvo di Puglia succeeding, in 2004, in publishing her research thesis “The Decorated Terracotta of the Jatta Collection” (Edipuglia, Adrias collection, vol. 8, Bari).

In 2006, she specializes with high honours in Classical Archaeology at the Specialization School in Archaeology of the University of Bari.

In 2010 she completes her PhD in Ancient History, with a thesis on Greek Epigraphy.

In 2011 she is recipient of a scholarship of the international Contest “Research in Paris” (Ville de Paris) at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris I, Pantheon Sorbonne, laboratoire ANHIMA UMR 8210 (supervised by Prof. Violaine Sebillotte Cuchet), where for 18 months she pursued a post-doc with researches focused on the Greek inscriptions on terracotta moulds from Taranto and on the vases of the Jatta-Bonelli archaeological collection of Ruvo di Puglia.

At present, she works in the Parisian department ANHIMA-UMR 8210 (CNRS, Pari I- EHESS, EPHE, PARIS 7 Diderot), as CDD researcher, having recently won the prestigious contest Emergence(s) of the City of Paris, with her four-year project “Rubi Antiqua”, in cooperation with the research programme Louvre/INHA “Répertoire des ventes d’antiques à Paris au XIX siècle”, the Petit Palais Museum, the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, the National Archaeological Museum of Ruvo di Puglia, INHA (National Institute of Art History of Paris), C2RMN (Research and Restoration Centre of the Museums of France), University of Bari and University of Milan.


Néguine Mathieux

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After being assistant responsable in the Centre of Studies and Documentation of the Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities of the Louvre Museum (with particular responsibility for the archives), she is currently chef de service of History of the Louvre. Together with CNRS (UMR Halma-Ipel 8164) and teacher at Ecole du Louvre, she has been a commissioner for several exhibitions (Tanagra, Figures féminines de l’Antiquité, Tokyo, 2007 and La lettre et l’argile, Autour d’une semaine de fouilles à Myrina, Louvre, title of an essay published for “Presses universitaires” of Dijon in 2008).

Her research works and publications focus essentially on Greek and Roman terracotta and on the history of the collections of antiquities. For a long time she has dealt with the theme of collecting of Tanagrines in the XIX century and of the falsification of ancient finds. She has also participated in the Dictionnaire critique des historiens de l’art of INHA and to the studies of the archaeological collections of Ingres (2006) and Rodin (2013). She is in charge, together with Martine Denoyelle, of the INHA/Louvre programme “Répertoire des ventes d’antiques à Paris au XIX siécle”.

In the Rubi Antiqua staff she will mainly deal with the study of the dispersion in Paris of masterpieces coming from Ruvo, through the auction sales and merchants, and their entrance into the French public collections.

Carmela Battista

carmelabattistaAfter the degree in History of Art awarded cum laude at the University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, in 2012, she completed her Master post lauream in Management of Cultural Heritage. At the present she is doctoral candidate in Art, History and Archaeology at the ULB of Bruxelles in co-tutorship with the University of Bari. Her doctoral research focuses on the study of the Exultet of the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris (Ms. Lat. 710).

In the «Rubi Antiqua» staff she will deal with the institutional relationships with cultural sponsors and the researches in Italian archives.


Andrea Milanese

Curator at the Special Superintendence for archaeological heritage of Naples and Pompei, for which he manages the historical Archives of the National Museum of Naples, an important collection of documents and drawings of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth century. He has participated in several meetings in Italy, Europe and in the United States. Since many years A. Milanese has pursued a research activity focused on the history of the museums, of collecting and of the market of art and antiquities of XIX century. Moreover he is the author of several publications about these themes among which: Museum Album. Photographic images of the Nineteenth century of the National Museum of Naples, Naples, Electa, 2009.

He will participate in the “Rubi Antiqua” project as expert in history of collecting in Southern Italy in the XIX century, and of the Neapolitan market of art and antiquities. Having already worked on the export of archaeological objects from the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies towards the rest of Europe, he well knows the close links among the Neapolitan merchants, collectors and European Museums, particularly active in the first half of the Nineteenth century on the scene of the market of antiquities of Naples and other cities of the kingdom, as Nola and Ruvo. As researcher and director of the historical Archives of the National Museum of Naples, he will contribute his expertise for the researches in archives and his knowledge of the main public and private archives of Naples.


Louise Detrez


Graduate in classical philology (Sorbonne-Paris IV) and specialized in history of art applied to collections (Ecole du Louvre), she is the winner of the competition of the heritage (State, museums).

Today she is student curator at the INP (National Institute of Heritage).

During the “Rubi Antiqua” project she will deal with the interest that the ancient finds discovered in Ruvo during the XIX century created on the French market.

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