Director of the Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence
Eike D. Schmidt is an art historian, born in 1968 in Freiburg in Breisgau (Germany). In 2009 he passed with distinction the PhD in art history at Ruprecht-Karls- Universität, with a dissertation on “The Medici collection of ivory sculptures in the 16 th and 17 th centuries”.
He has worked and lived in Italy for a long time, especially in Florence, where from 1994 to 2001 he was scholar and researcher at the Deutsches Kunsthistorisches Institut. In 1997 he was awarded the ‘Nicoletta Quinto’ prize by the Premio Internazionale Galileo Galilei Foundation of Pisa. He was curator and researcher at the National Gallery of Art in Washington and he participated in the research project entitled “Women at the Medicean Court”, at the Biblioteca Hertziana in Rome. Between 2006 and 2015 he held various positions as curator in the Department of Sculpture Decorative Arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Director and head of the Department of European Sculpture & Works of Art at Sotheby’s, London, member of the Scientific Committee of the Sculpture Journal in London. He has been curator and head of the Department of Decorative Arts, Textiles & Sculpture at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Moreover, from 2011 to 2015 he was member of the Scientific Committee of TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair). Internationally renowned as an expert in Florentine art, he has also published several monographic studies and dozens of essays. Since November 2015 he is the Director of the Uffizi Galleries.