Michele Amedei received his Ph.D from the University of Florence, Pisa and Siena in 2018. Michele has always been interested in studying the lively exchanges between international and Italian artists in the nineteenth and the early twentieth Century. His research concerns the presence of U.S painters and sculptors in Florence in the first half of the nineteenth century, which was the focus of his Ph.D dissertation. He is also investigating American artists such as John Singer Sargent. Sargent’s friendship with Italian artists including the Piedmontese Alberto Falchetti and the Roman Antonio Mancini was the topic of two articles he published in ‘Apollo’ (2018) and in the ‘Journal of the History of Collections’ (2020). Most recently, Michele has directed his attention towards the presence in Florence of French artists such as Marcellin Desboutin as well as Édouard Manet, with forthcoming articles on the subject that will be published in ‘Print Quarterly’ (expected Spring 2021) and ‘Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz’ (expected Fall 2021). He is also collaborating on the organization of an exhibition dedicated to the Romantic painter Giuseppe Bezzuoli, scheduled to open at the Galleria degli Uffizi in 2021. Between 2016 and 2017, Michele was the Terra Foundation Pre-Doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In September and October of 2017, he additionally received a bimonthly grant from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, Washington, D.C. to support his Ph.D research. Finally, between March 2018 and January 2020 Michele has been involved as teacher of European and Italian Modern Art by CEAIE (China Education Association for International Exchange) and AAP (Arts Abroad Project) in collaboration with the University of Florence (Department of Architecture).