Barbara Ghelfi is associate professor in History of Modern Art at Bologna University, Department of Cultural Heritage, Campus of Ravenna. Previously she completed her Ph.D. in Art History at the university of Chieti-Pescara. Got a fellowship at The Roberto Longhi Foundation for History of Art Studies, and also a fellowship at Ermitage Foundation. From 2003 to 2004 she was research fellow at University of Chieti-Pescara, and after at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. She wrote, between others, the critical edition of the Guercino's Libro dei conti (1997) and books Pittura a Ferrara nel primo Seicento. Arte, committenza e spiritualità (2011); Tra Modena e Roma. Il mecenatismo artistico nell'età di Cesare d'Este (1598-1628) (2012); La pittura a Ferrara nel secondo Seicento (2016).
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