Stefania Portinari is Associate Professor in History of Contemporary Art at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. After completing an M.A. in Cultural Heritage Conservation, she undertook graduate studies at the University of Florence, completing a PhD in the History of Art. She has worked at the Soprintendenza for Cultural and Artistic Heritage of Venice and as an independent curator. Her research centres on art, design and architecture history in the nineteenth and twentieth century. She has extensively studied the history of Venice Biennale and recently curated an exhibition of portraits of women in the 1910s and 1920s, including works by Gustav Klimt and Felice Casorati.