Short CV/Education and training

  • 1974
    Abitur (A-levels), Hölderlin Gymnasium (grammar school), Stuttgart, Germany; humanistic emphasis

  • 1974 – 1979
    Studied musicology, theatre studies, art history, and philosophy at LMU Munich, Germany

  • 1976 – 1977
    Studied in Rome

  • 1978 – 1980
    Worked as assistant director, dramaturgy assistant and evening show director at the Stadttheater Ingolstadt and at the Freie Volksbühne Berlin

  • 1979 – 1982
    Studied art history and musicology at the TU Berlin, Germany

  • 1982
    Magister degree (MA) in the two primary subjects of art history and musicology

  • 1982 – 1984
    Work on dissertation

  • 1985
    Doctorate in art history at TU Berlin

  • 1985 – 1986
    Temporary employment at the Städtische Galerie Liebieghaus (municipal sculpture collection), Frankfurt am Main

  • 1986 – 1990
    Research associate, then exhibition director at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

  • 1990 – 1991
    Instructor in the Art History Department at Goethe University Frankfurt

  • 1991 – 1997
    Director of the Hessisches Landesmuseums Darmstadt

  • 1996
    Acting professor at the Department of Art History at the University of Bonn

  • 1998 – 2001
    General director of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden art collections)

  • Since 1999
    Honorary professor of art history at the Dresden University of Technology

  • Since 2001
    Director of the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max Planck Institute for Art History), Rome, Italy

  • 2001 – 2002
    Guest curator of the exhibition "Deceptions and Illusions: Five Centuries of Trompe l'Oeil Painting" at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA, October 2002 – March 2003

Selected publications

  • Ebert-Schifferer, S.: Die Geschichte des Stillebens. Munich, 1998.

  • Ebert-Schifferer, S.: Caravaggio. Sehen – Staunen – Glauben, Munich, 2009.

  • Ebert-Schifferer, S.: Caravage. Paris, 2009.

  • Ebert-Schifferer, S.: Deceptions and Illusions. Five Centuries of Trompe l'Oeil Painting. Exhibition catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Washington, 2002.

  • Ebert-Schifferer, S.: Scambio culturale con il nemico religioso. Italia e Sassonia attorno al 1600 (Studi della Bibliotheca Hertziana, 2), Atti della Giornata internazionale di studi 4-5 April 2005, Rome, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Cinisello Balsamo, 2007.

  • Ebert-Schifferer, S.: Ripandas Kapitolinischer Freskenzyklus und die Selbstdarstellung der Konservatoren um 1500. In: Römisches Jahrbuch für Kunstgeschichte (Jahrbuch der Bibliotheca Hertziana) 23/24, 1988. pp. 76-218.

  • Ebert-Schifferer, S.: "Ma c'hanno da fare i precetti dell'oratore con quelli della pittura?" Überlegungen zu Guercinos Erzählstruktur. In: Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, Il Guercino (1591-1666). Exhibition catalogue. Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. Bologna 1991. pp. 67-96.

  • Ebert-Schifferer, S.: Sandrart a Roma 1629-1635: Un cosmopolita tedesco nel paese delle meraviglie. In: Roma 1630. Il Trionfo del pennello. Exhibition catalogue. Académie de France à Rome, Villa Medici, Rome, October 1994 – January 1995. Milan 1994.

  • Ebert-Schifferer, S.: Der eilige Lebenslauf und seine Schutzgöttin. Überlegungen zur Berliner "Hekate". In: Das Modell in der bildenden Kunst des Mittelalters und der Neuzeit. Festschrift for Herbert Beck, ed. by Peter C. Bol, Petersberg 2006. pp. 121-138.

  • Ebert-Schifferer, S.: Guido Reni e l'icona sintetica. In: L'Immagine di Cristo dall'Acheropita alla mano d'artista, ed. by Christoph L. Frommel and Gerhard Wolf (Akten des internationalen Kongresses Bibliotheca Hertziana, Università Gregoriana und Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Maarch 2001), Vatican City 2006. pp. 375-395.

  • Ebert-Schifferer, S.: Pittori bolognesi e committenze romane nel pontificato di Paolo V. In: I Barberini e la cultura europea del Seicento. Atti del convegno internazionale Palazzo Barberini alle Quattro Fontane, Rome 7.-11. December 2004 (Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History, Soprintendenza per il Polo Museale Romano, Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici e per il Paesaggio di Roma, Institut européen d'histoire de la République des Lettres), ed. by Lorenza Mochi Onori, Sebastian Schütze and Francesco Solinas, Rome (De Luca) 2007. pp. 47-56.

  • Ebert-Schifferer, S.: Harmonie als Wunschbild. Überlegungen zum Musenzyklus in Carpi. In: Musica e Arti figurative. Rinascimento e Novecento, ed. by Mario Ruffini and Gerhard Wolf (Proceedings of the Congress in Florence, Art History Institute– Max Planck Institute, 27.-29. May), Venice 2008 (Collana del Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max Planck Institute, XIII), pp. 141-159.

  • Ebert-Schifferer, S.: Caravaggeschi nordici "avant la lettre". In: Spezzaferro, Luigi (ed.), Caravaggio e l'Europa. L'artista, la storia, la tecnica e la sua eredità, Atti del convegno internazionale di studi Milan 3.-4.02.2006, Cinisello Balsamo (Silvana) 2009. pp. 169-178.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz

  • Accademico d'Onore (honorary member) of the Accademia Clementina, Bologna, and the Accademia Raffaello, Urbino, Italy

  • Honorary member of the Association of German Artists

  • Scientific advisory board of the German Documentation Centre – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, since 2009

  • Chairperson of the scientific advisory board of the German Centre for the History of Art in Paris, since 2008

  • Member of the board of trustees of the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (Central Institute for Art History), Munich, 2006

  • Selection committee for the allocation of Thyssen Humboldt Awards for International Scholarly And Cultural Exchange from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Reimar Lüst Award), 2006

  • Member of the structuring committee of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar (Classical Weimar Foundation) and art collections on behalf of the federal government and the Free State of Thuringia, 2004 – 2005

  • Member of the university council of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, 2003 – 2008

  • Member of the foundation council of the Foundation of German Humanities Institutes Abroad (DGIA) (under the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)) as the representative of the Max Planck Society, 2002 – 2010

  • Member of the independent commission on culture of the government of the State of Hesse, 2001 – 2002

  • Member of the programming advisory board of the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1999 – 2001

  • Member of the German National Committee of the CIHA (Comité International de L'Histoire de l'Art), 1998 – 2004

  • Chairperson of the scientific advisory board of the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg, 1998 – 2002

  • Member of the scientific committee of various exhibitions, since 2001

  • Member of the board of trustees of the Alfred Herrhausen Society for International Dialogue (Deutsche Bank), 2001 – 2005

  • Member of the Groupe Bizot (regular meetings of the directors of the leading museums in the world), starting in 2000 Member of the Chair group, 2001 Hosted the annual meeting in Dresden, 1998 – 2001

  • Member of the board of trustees for the fine arts in the Jürgen Ponto Foundation of the Dresdner Bank, 1998 – 2001

  • First chairperson of the Verband deutscher Kunsthistoriker (Association of German Art Historians), 1997 – 2001

Media coverage

Additional qualifications

  • Regular participation in the television programme "Bilderstreit" ("image wars" – panel discussion on modern art), on 3sat, 2000


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