An art historian with specialist expertise on sixteenth-century sculpture and the history of collecting, Elena Carrara served for several years in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she was an organizer of the exhibition of the French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, in collaboration with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris; she was a primary contributor the exhibition catalogue. Dr. Carrara previously worked in the curatorial department of the National Museum of the Bargello in Florence. In 2015, Dr. Carrara curated an exhibition of Bronzino’s Allegorical Portrait of Dante at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York; this was the first American exhibition of the painting.
Dr. Carrara’s writing has been published in the Metropolitan Museum Journal and in the book Scultura a Pisa nell’età moderna. She has also been a contributing author to such publications as The Splendour of the Medici: Art and Life in Renaissance Florence (Budapest Museum of Fine Arts); Masters of Florence: Glory and Genius of the Court of the Medici (Memphis, 2004); and La storia del Bargello. 100 capolavori da scoprire (Florence, 2004). She holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art, and an M.A. and B.A. in Art Criticism, all from the University of Pisa.