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Portrait of Nancy Dr. von Breska Ficovic

Nancy Dr. von Breska Ficovic

Art Historian/Cultural heritage expert Independent Belgium Cultural Heritage

Dr. Nancy von Breska Ficović (Ph.D. in Art History, LMU Germany) works internationally in the interdisciplinary field of art history, restoration and conservation of cultural heritage.

Revisiting and complementing findings in the field of Art History with the help of recent digital advances in restoration/conservation tools, their analytical processes and use of advanced 3D imaging methods is a crucial element underpinning her academic research. In particular, electronic microscopic digital imaging in the re-examination of pre- and post- restoration results on a range of renowned Croatian and Italian artworks from public and private collections (e.g. analysis of pigment, preparations and coating) is at the core of her ongoing research interests.

As lead researcher she has collaborated for many years with numerous private and public institutions from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Malta and Croatia. In particular, she was lead Art Historian on a range of collaboration projects with the Croatian Conservation Institute (HRZ), the Croatian Ministry of Culture and the chemical laboratory Opificio delle pietre dure, Florence (IT).

As an external expert in the field of European culture and cultural heritage she acts since 2010 as an expert advisor and evaluator for the European Commission executive agencies. More recently she is also Ethics advisor for REA (Research executive agency).

Since June 2023 she is also member of the working group on Digital Ethics of the European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC).