Maria Serlupi Crescenzi
Curator of Decorative Arts Dept. and former Director of Educational, Musei Vaticani
Degree with honours in Fine Arts at Rome University “La Sapienza” she defended the final thesis with Prof. Maurizio Calvesi on the subject of Graffiti and decorated Facades in Rome from 15th to 16th century. Moreover, she attended a Master in Fine Arts at Florence University. From 1989 to 2008 she has been hired by the Vatican Museums’ General Direction as directly responsible for the Office of Didactic Activities and Special Visits. For the Didactic activities department, she has managed relationships with schools and cultural
associations around the world; project, promote and coordinate visits to the Museums. She has also realized collaboration on artistic issues like events and exhibitions.
For the Special Visits department, she has been responsible for welcoming and guiding all the personalities indicated by the Protocol Office of the Secretary of State: among those, Heads of State, representatives of the political, business and cultural establishment, diplomatic delegations, international academics. Liaison with foreign universities and Academics to visit and study those masterpieces located in sections of the Museums or Apostolic Palaces not accessible to the public, personally accompanying the scholars and providing them with study material. From 2008 to 2018 she has been responsible of the renewed Office of Didactic Activities: project, promote and coordinate educational programs for school groups; project, promote and coordinate tactile visits of original sculptures and multisensory itineraries to selected masterworks of the Picture Gallery for visually impaired visitors; participate in the international debate focusing on heritage and education with presentation of the activities; partnership with different Universities: University of Bologna (Department Scienze della Formazione), University La Sapienza (Dpt. Didattica del Museo e del Territorio) and Roma Tre (Centro di Didattica Museale) in Roma; Pontifical Gregorian University. Since June 2018 she has been Curator of the Department of Decorative Arts.