Pope Francis has appointed a new Director of the Vatican Museums, Barbara Jatta, who is set to take up the post on 1 January 2017. She is succeeding Antonio Paolucci, who is retiring at 77.
Born in Rome on 6 October 1962, Barbara Jatta previously held the position of Vice-Director of the Vatican Museums. She received her Liberal Arts degree in Letters from the Sapienza University in Rome in 1986, a Diploma in Archives at the Vatican School of Paleography the following year, and a specialization in Art History in 1991.
Ms Jatta has taught courses in 'History of Graphic Art' since 1994 at the University of Naples. She also worked at the Vatican Apostolic Library from 1996 until 2010.
As head of the world's oldest and grandest museum, Barbara Jatta will be one of the few women in such a role. The directors of the British Museum and the National Gallery in London, the Prado in Madrid, the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York are all men.