Matteo Rossi Doria

Matteo Rossi Doria graduated from a secondary school with an emphasis on sciences in 1978, but his bent for art led him to embark on a ten-year-long educational and training programme at the ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), where he gained a thorough understanding of materials and techniques of execution, environmental monitoring and programmes of preventive conservation. 

Restauration and Conservation

In 1980 he began to work as a restorer of cultural assets, specializing in the structural treatment of paintings on canvas, the restoration of historic carriages and the treatment of artefacts made of paper and leather. He has been a member of the Cooperativa C.B.C (Conservazione Beni Culturali) in Rome since 2015.

He carries out a wide range of activities, collaborating with numerous public and private bodies and institutions in Italy and abroad and providing his expertise to museums, historic buildings and churches. His most significant interventions have been carried out at Roman museums, on the prestigious Barberini, Borghese, Corsini, Spada and Doria Pamphilj collections, and in Venice, at the Gallerie dell’Accademia, where he has worked on the huge teleri of the great Venetian painters Veronese, Titian, and Tintoretto. 

His intense activity has taken him not only to many of the cities of Italy, but also abroad, where he has carried out specific projects for the Detroit Institute of Art, the Seattle Art Museum and the Huntington Library Museum in Pasadena, as part of the initiatives of the Getty Foundation.

Always interested in the question of preventive conservation, he has planned and coordinated specific interventions of monitoring, cataloguing for the purposes of conservation and the routine and extraordinary maintenance of historical collections, such as the Presidency of the Republic’s Collection of Savoy Carriages, the Museo di Roma in Palazzo Braschi and the Galleria Spada, also in Rome. Currently he heads the European ‘Collection Care’ project for the C.B.C.

The specific character of his skills and the important experience he has gained in the field of the structural restoration of paintings on canvas have induced him to conduct an intense activity of training and refresher programmes, in the form of numerous theoretical and practical workshops, lectures and courses at universities and educational centres, culminating in his appointment as a professor at Tuscia University.