Antonio D’Amico is an art historian and critic. He taught Jewish Aesthetics at the Academy of Fine Arts of Catania in 2009-2010. The next year, he started teaching the following subjects at the Academy of Fine Arts of Cuneo: History of Applied Art and Miniature, Iconography and Iconology, History of Modern Art, Art Pedagogy and Teaching.
He graduated in Art, Music and Entertainment at the University of Calabria with a dissertation on the 16th/17th century collections of Cardinal Evangelista Pallotta, Prefect of St. Peter’s Basilica at the time of Pope Sisto V. In 2007, the dissertation, presented with the support of prof. Luigi Spezzaferro, led to the creation of the exhibition dedicated to Simone De Magistris, a visionary painter between Lotto and El Greco and, in 2009, the exhibition “Le stanze del Cardinale. Caravaggio. Guido Reni. Guercino. Mattia Preti”, both curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, with whom he has been working for years and with whom, so far, he has coordinated the scientific and research aspects of several major exhibitions, including: Gli occhi di Caravaggio. Gli anni della formazione tra Milano e Venezia (Milan 2011); Fausto Pirandello. I nudi (Venice 2011); L’Ombra del Divino nell’Arte Contemporanea (Venice 2011); I Volti e l’anima. Ritratti. Tiziano. (Castle of Miradolo 2013); Il Cavalier Calabrese Mattia Preti. Tra Caravaggio e Luca Giordano (La Venaria Reale 2013); I Volti e l’anima. Lorenzo Lotto (Castle of Miradolo 2013); La pittura di realtà. Caravaggio e i caravaggeschi (Sassari 2015).
He specialised in History of Modern Art and History of Flemish and Dutch Art and obtained his Ph.D. at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan): during this period, he carried out a research on Niccolò Berrettoni and the school of Carlo Maratti at the end of the 17th century and Flemings in Calabria, which is being printed by the publishing house Rubbettino.
Among the exhibitions he curated are: Sguardi al femminile. Visioni d’innocenza e seduzione nell’arte del Novecento italiano (Innsbruck, Imperial Palace and Racconigi, Royal Castle 2009); Poesia d’interni. Angoli di vita nell’arte dell’Ottocento italiano (Innsbruck, Imperial Palace 2010); Maurizio Bottoni. Opere 1974 – 2011 (Asiago 2011); Medhat Shafik. Athar/Ritrovamenti (Milan – Rivarolo Canavese 2012); Sandro Bracchitta. Craved Miracles (Modica – Rivarolo Canavese 2013); San Sebastiano. Bellezza e integrità nell’arte tra Quattrocento e Seicento (Castle of Miradolo 2014), curated with the support of Vittorio Sgarbi; Se dico aria. Angela Glajcar, Medhat Shafik, Marcello Chiarenza, Gianluca Quaglia, Kaori Miyaiama, Kris Gilmour (Camerano 2014); Carlo Maratti. Rebecca al Pozzo. Un capolavoro per Camerano (Camerano 2014), curated with the support of V. Sgarbi e G. Leone; Beato Angelico. Il Giudizio svelato. Il Trittico Corsini e altri capolavori (Castle of Miradolo 2015), curated with the support of D. Porro and G. Leone.
Skira is printing the monography “Giuseppe Mascarini. 1877 – 1954”, and Silvana Editoriale is about to publish the monography “Salvatore Incorpora 1920 – 2010”.
From 2004 to 2007, he worked as the Scientific Director of the specialised magazine “Arte Incontro in Libreria” and, in 2014, he started collaborating with Espoarte.
He is the Artistic Director of the Carlo Bonatto Minella Biennial Award (Rivarolo Canavese, in the province of Turin) and the Caleidoscopio Art Festival of Camerano (AN).