In Memory of Marco Ciatti (1955 – 2024)

It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of Marco Ciatti, a renowned pioneer in the field of cultural heritage, who left us on April 20, 2024, after a life dedicated to advancement of art conservation and research. 

Born in Florence, Marco was not only a visionary, but also a passionate advocate for the integration of science, technology and cultural heritage. From 2012 to 2022, Marco led the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, one of the world’s most prestigious art restoration institutions, with exemplary dedication and insight.

Marco was instrumental in the design and establishment of the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS). He was among the first to believe in the initiative and devoted himself to its success, thus revolutionizing the landscape of heritage research and intervention in Europe and beyond. His commitment to E-RIHS was part of his broader vision to foster an environment where heritage and modern science seamlessly merge to enhance conservation, public appreciation and understanding of our cultural treasures.

Marco leaves behind a community of professionals and researchers who esteemed him. His insights and leadership will be missed, but his impact will resonate for generations to come. His legacy is not only a part of E-RIHS, but also lives on in the hearts of his colleagues and all those influenced by his significant work and gracious spirit.

The entire E-RIHS community is immensely grateful for his leadership and pioneering contributions to the field. We mourn his loss as we strive to continue his remarkable work and honor his memory through our ongoing commitment to heritage science. 

As we reflect on his impactful work, we remain faithful to the lessons he taught and continue to nurture the curiosity and dedication he inspired in so many. With these values guiding us, the E-RIHS community extends its deepest condolences to his family and all who knew him.

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