Désirée Cappa obtained a BA and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Calabria and a three-year postgraduate degree in medieval and Renaissance art history from the University of Pisa. She worked for four years at the Boboli Gardens Museum researching the sculpture collection and the iconographic program of the gardens. In Florence, she also took part in different projects with the Gabinetto dei disegni e delle stampe degli Uffizi and the Fondazione Memofonte. In the UK, after an internship at Sotheby’s (Sculpture Department), she collaborated with various institutions such as the Garden Museum (London) and the Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge). She is also an editor at the Albertiana, the journal of the Société internationale Leon Battista Alberti (Paris). Cappa is currently writing a PhD thesis (funded by the European Union) on Pierfrancesco Riccio (1501-64), tutor and ducal secretary of Cosimo I de’ Medici.