NICA GUTMAN RIEPPI
NICA GUTMAN RIEPPI
MANAGING DIRECTORNica Gutman Rieppi is the Managing Director at ArtDiscovery and has worked on many high-profile projects, including the rediscovery of Leonardo da Vinci’s lost Salvator Mundi. She assists the foremost art advisors, auction houses, galleries and private collectors around the world, helping bring value to their works of art. Ms. Rieppi gained her expertise working at world-class institutions and collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as the renowned Samuel H. Kress collection. She is a respected speaker, having lectured across the globe for esteemed institutions such as the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU, Sotheby’s Institute, Christie’s Education, Korean Art Management program in Seoul Korea, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ms. Rieppi’s findings on technical art analysis have been widely published and her work has gathered world-wide attention in publications such as Heritage Science, Time Magazine, The New York Times, Town & Country as well as in PBS, Netflix and other global media outlets. Nica obtained a BA in History of Art and French from Emory University, Atlanta, a MA and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation at the State University College, Buffalo, and a MA in History of Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
Senior Scientist and Laboratory Manager
Senior Scientist and Laboratory ManagerBhavini Vaghji is a Senior Scientist at ArtDiscovery leading the materials laboratory for the company. She has performed scientific analysis on an extensive range of materials from works of art in museums and private collections world-wide. Mrs. Vaghji built her expertise working with the Pigmentum Project and joined ArtDiscovery at its inception. Subsequently, she has spent over ten years specialized in the analysis and identification of art materials, especially pigments and binding media, using a broad range of organic and inorganic analytical techniques from Raman microscopy to Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. Her accurate and detailed analyses have formed the basis of many high-level legal cases and authentication investigations. Mrs. Vaghji has built the company’s Raman and FTIR spectral libraries based on the Pigmentum Collections which are used routinely as part of ArtDiscovery’s unique and proprietary protocols. Notable projects include the study of paint cans from Jackson Pollock’s studio, which she published as a co-author, and investigations of the materials of Russian avant-garde painting. Bhavini obtained a BSc in Chemistry with First Class Honours from University College, London, and holds a MSc in Forensic Science from King’s College, London.
Client Relationship Manager
Client Relationship ManagerEugenia Iori is the Client Relationship Manager at ArtDiscovery. She leads customer engagements for the company worldwide. Before joining ArtDiscovery, Eugenia has worked for auction houses, online art companies and leading art institutions between Italy and Switzerland. Eugenia holds a BA degree in Economics from the University of Lugano, Switzerland, and a MA in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art, London. Aside from her passion for fine arts, Eugenia is a classical music enthusiast and holds a master's degree in Cello Performance and Pedagogy from the Conservatorio of Milan.
DR. JILLEEN NADOLNY
DR. JILLEEN NADOLNY
DIRECTOR, UKDr. Jilleen Nadolny is the Director of ArtDiscovery’s UK office and has served our clients on a broad range of high-profile projects world-wide over the course of the last decade. She has worked across the art market, with auction houses to law firms, from museums to private collectors. Her research fluency in a number of European languages has enabled ArtDiscovery to successfully undertake complex international projects and her skills in both art history and art science make her an effective project leader. She has worked with catalogues raisonnés and on larger museum investigations as well as with art authenticity disputes for our clients in the legal context. Dr. Nadolny gained her expertise working at a variety of leading institutions both in the USA and Europe. She is a sought-after speaker, having been invited to lecture at, amongst others, the University of Cambridge, Christie’s Education, Sotheby’s Institute, University College London, The Ashmolean Museum, The Technical University (Munich), The Swiss Institute of Art Sciences, and The Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna). She is recognized internationally for her contributions in the field of art technology and has contributed to foundational publications such as Conservation of Easel Paintings, as well as publishing many articles in books and peer-reviewed journals, additionally, editing several collaborative volumes. In the popular press, she has represented the company repeatedly for the BBC, Vice Media, the Süddeutche Zeitung and The Art Newspaper amongst others. Jilleen holds a BFA from Pratt Institute, New York, a double MA degree in History of Art and Art Conservation from New York University and a PhD in Technical Art History from the Courtauld Institute, London. Earlier, she taught technical art history and conservation as Associate Professor of Conservation at the University of Oslo. She is currently a member of ICOM-CC.
DR. JOANNA RUSSELL
DR. JOANNA RUSSELL
Senior ScientistJoanna Russell is Senior Scientist at ArtDiscovery specializing in both the imaging and material analysis of works of art. She uses x-ray, infrared, ultraviolet and other imaging techniques to investigate the materials and construction artworks, sometimes revealing hidden features such as underdrawings or changes in composition. Dr. Russell also uses a wide range of scientific methods to identify pigments and binding media and to visualize techniques of paint application. She has had over seven years’ experience working in scientific research departments in museums, first at the British Museum, where she held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, and then at the National Gallery, carrying out projects on a wide range of subjects, including on the materials and techniques of Renaissance drawings on the identification of natural dyes and on the categorization of preparatory layers in paintings. Dr. Russell has presented her work at international conferences in London, Boston and Copenhagen, and has published on subjects including Francis Bacon’s painting materials and the metalpoint drawings of Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer. She has also taught on Conservation training programs at Northumbria University and at City & Guilds of London Art School.
Joanna holds an MSci in Chemistry with Conservation Science from Imperial College, London, an MA in the Conservation of Easel Paintings from Northumbria University, and a PhD in the analysis of the painting materials used by 20th century artist Francis Bacon, also from Northumbria University.