About Us
Mummy Project Research is headquartered inside the Fatebenefratelli Hospital, Milan. Its mission is to facilitate the study of ancient organic remains and especially human and animal mummies. Its multifaceted team employs the most advanced techniques of medical and forensic investigation. The team specializes in gathering all available information and analyzing it according to the appropriate scientific principles. All studies undertaken by MPR are carried out with maximum respect for mummified human subjects and without injury to physical remains. In this way, MPR can recreate a fully rounded identity for any mummy it studies and recapture the historical and cultural context in which the individual lived and died. The MPR does its work with passion and commitment, to serve the needs of universities, museums, foundations and cultural organizations.
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Malgora S.
Bernardo L.
Milani C.
Bulfoni A.
Elias J.
Zink A.
Rosendahl W.
Mcknight L.
Loynes R.B.
Motta F.
Daizo M.B.
Niek de H.
Bonizzi L.
Soggiu A.
Nicola M.
Lancetti M.E.
Rossi E.
Alquati St.
Bourbon L.
Solerio M.

Malgora Sabina

An awardee of a medal of honour from the President of Italy in 2014, Dr Malgora is the director and founder of Mummy Project Research, and the Curator of the Egyptian Department of the Buonconsiglio Castle Museum in Trento, Italy. Malgora has participated in archaeological missions in Oman and Egypt.
In addition to spearheading the scientific research of the MPR team, she manages the cultural initiatives undertaken by the group. Among the various projects, she has developed the well-received exhibitions such as “Ur Sunu. Great Doctors of Ancient Egypt” (Casale Monferrato, September 2008 – January 2009) and “Wine in Ancient Egypt” (Alba, March – June 2014).
Dr Malgora has published many essays and scientific reviews on Egyptological subject matter. Her bibliography includes: “The Egyptian Collection of the Camillo Leone Museum” (2011, in Italian) and “From Egypt to the Alps. The Egyptian Collection of the Trent Buonconsiglio Castle” (2016, in Italian).
She is keen and energetic and enjoys engaging interested people through her articles appearing in popular magazines, TV shows, public lectures and labs.

Bernardo Luca

Dr Bernardo is the director of: the Motherly Infantile department, S.C. Paediatrics FBF, S.C. Paediatrics POMM, and the Newborn Intensive Therapy department of Melloni Hospital. He is also a national health expert for ANAC, the national anti-bribery authority managed by Raffaele Cantone.
He is a recognized journalist, writing for Libero as well as for national and international magazines. He regularly lectures and acts as a chairperson in national and international meetings.
He has appeared in several TV documentaries and he is the recipient of national prizes in the field of natal development, including: “M.D. Pride Miami Children's Hospital” (2011), “Health in Milan as a Common Duty” (2011), and “Military Golden Ambrogino” (2011).
He has held the following positions: national adviser to the SIP (Italian Paediatrics Society), member of the Lombardy Region Commission, member of the Italian CUDN, and principal member of the Commission for Youth Hardship-Stalking at the Department of Education, Science, Research and Universities, from 2008 to 2011.
Dr Bernardo has published books, among them “Il bullismo femminile” (2009).

Milani Chantal

Forensic Antropologist and Forensic Odontologist, has been working for more than 15 years with human remains, facial recognition, VirtualAutopsy and 3D reconstructions as an expert witness and consultant for prosecutors, courts and police enforcement.
Recruited as Forensic Anthropologist & Odontologist at Carabinieri Scientific Investigation Department (RIS) in Rome as an Officer she was in the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team for the earthquake in Central Italy in 2016.
Main professional fields are: personal identification of unidentified bodies (technical board for Missing Persons at Ministry of the Interior), teaching and cooperation with different Universities and private Institutes for Courses and Research, both in Forensic and bio-archaeological field for the analysis of fully or partially skeletonized remains, mummies and 3D facial reconstructions, as well as analysis and comparison of faces in portraits.
Website: identificazionepersonale.it

Elias Jonathan

Director of the Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium (AMSC Research LLC), Pennsylvania, USA.
Jonathan Elias completed his Masters and PhD at the University of Chicago while doing research on systems of magical inscription appearing on Egyptian coffins. This led to a special interest in the Egyptian city of Akhmim, its artistic styles and its ancient community.
His research on coffins and mummies has inspired the creation of several museum exhibitions on the subject, and he consults regularly on different aspects of museum research and exhibit development.
Since 2001, Dr Elias has specialized in computed tomography (CT) scanning and high-tech imaging of Egyptian mummies.
Coffin-related research remains a strong interest. His recent collaborations have resulted in several new studies of the stylistic development of coffins during the Third Intermediate Period, Late Period and Ptolemaic times.
Elias' current museum projects are devoted to typological research on unusual object categories and accurate digital cartography of Egyptian archaeological sites based on satellite imagery.
AMSC Research LLC is a centre that analyzes forensic data and facial reconstructions, based on CT scanning of Egyptian mummies.
Since 1986 they have been examining the ancient population of Akhmim/Panopolis from the Late Period to the Ptolemaic Period (525–30BC), while turning their attention to the mummies of the American collections.

Zink Albert

Born in Munich (Bavaria, Germany) he is the Scientific Director of the E.U.R.A.C. Institute for mummies and the Iceman of Bolzano.
He works on molecular anthropology, on nanotechnologies, on palaeopathology, on palaeoepidemiology as well as on forensic researches.
He is well known for his studies on the Similaun man (popularly known as ‘the Iceman’) and on Tutankhamun’s mummy as well as for the investigations on the mummy of Ramses III.
Graduate in biology at Munich University and specialised in anthropology and palaeopathology, Dr Zink is a fellow of palaeopathology at the Human Genetics and Anthropology Institute of the same university.
His palaeopathology research was expanded thanks to a post-doctoral fellowship on the identification of pathological changes in ancient Egyptian mummies, done through the extraction and study of their DNA.
Between 2002 and 2004 he was an assistant in the Palaeopathology Department of Munich University, while between 2004 and 2007 he had a role as a research specialist at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
He takes part in archaeological missions, mainly in Egypt.
He has published a great number of articles in scientific magazines, and written books on mummies and on the techniques used to understand them.
Zink's dedication to the field is also shown through his appearances in documentaries for Italian television as well as for National Geographic, his regular presence at international congresses and his role as a lecturer around the world.

Rosendahl Wilfried

His studies cover geology, palaeontology, ancient history and zoology.
From 2004 he has been working for the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum of Mannheim, where today covers the position of the director, while also being the manager of the German Mummy Project.
The main subjects of his research are “Man, climate and environment” related to the Glacial Period, cave-dwellers, palaeoanthropology and mummies.
From 1992 he has been a reader in the universities in Köln, Tübingen, Darmstadt, and Mannheim and has been publishing both articles and books on the topic of his research.
Dr Rosendahl has curated several important specialised exhibitions in Germany and other countries including “Mummies - The dream of an eternal life”, “The Medici, people, power and passion”, “The Cult of the Skull - Head and Skull in the history of the human culture”, “ Shamans of Siberia” and “Ice Age Safari - a tour into the last Glacial time”.
For more on Dr Rosendahl see “REM: German-Mummy-Project, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen-Impressum”, an international centre for different subjects mainly focus on the study of mummies.

Mcknight Lidija

She holds a BSc in Archaeology from the University of York and an MSc and PhD in Biomedical Egyptology from the University of Manchester.
Since 1999, Lidija has been conducting research on animal mummification, particularly through the application of non-invasive radiographic imaging.
As founder of the Ancient Egyptian Animal Bio Bank based at the University of Manchester, Lidija has studied numerous museum collections in the UK, Europe and the United States.
Her current research, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, is looking to investigate mummies which contain incomplete animal material using a variety of radiographic visualisation techniques.
Lidija holds the position of Honorary Curator of Archaeozoology at the Manchester Museum and she is the project curator for the “Gifts for the Gods” exhibition.

Motta Francesca

Member of Executive Board of Mummy Project, Scientific Officer.
She has always been fascinated by everything concerning ancient history and archaeology since childhood, for this reason she chose to pursue her academic path following her greatest passions.
At the moment, she is attending a PhD in Christian Archaeology at the Pontifical Institution of Christian Archaeology (PIAC) in Vatican City and at the same time a level II Master in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology in Rome.
Before that, she studied Archaeology at the University Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna completing theses about Bioarcheological topics. With this academic experience she acquired great knowledge on the study of human remains from an archaeological context.
During her academic years, she took part (and continues to do so) at several archaeological excavations and at various laboratories dedicated to the study of bioarchaeology and physical and forensic anthropology led by the Universities of Bologna, Verona, Siena, Padova, Labanof of Milan, La Sapienza (Rome) and PIAC.

Daizo Maria Belen

She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Buenos Aires (PICT 2015-2943) where she graduated in Anthropology in 2017.
Her thesis research concerned funerary practices in several cemeteries in the Memphite region, in particular, those of non-royal social units.
From 2006 to 2015, she studied materials belonging to the Egyptian Collection of the “Museo de La Plata” (Buenos Aires). This research, done in collaboration with Drs, included CT analyses of the museum's Egyptian mummies.
Belen regularly participates in scholarly colloquia and conferences throughout the world.

Nicola Marco

Director of Adamantio Srl, Turin.
Chemist and conservation scientist, Marco Nicola founded in 2005 the company Adamantio as a Material Technology academic spin-off of the University of Turin with a special focus on analysis, research and expert advice for the preservation, conservation and study of art pieces.
Adamantio is also dedicated to the research of new materials for green building and for the safeguard of the environment.
Marco Nicola has collaborated with public and private research centres on projects funded by Regional and European funds.
From 2013 to 2015 he worked as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts of Cuneo. Since 2016 he has been one of the organizers and leading partner of ONE-MA3, a summer fieldwork programme in Italy for students from MIT, Cambridge (USA) and a student in the PhD Programme for Chemical and Material Science at the University of Turin. In 2018 he spent a period at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working on Egyptian Blue and on archaeo-inspired materials.
The Adamantio Staff also includes: Marello Alessandro, Mastrippolito Chiara, Ariotti Elisa.

Alquati Studio

Daniela Bardelli and Michele Alquati have been members of Mummy Project Research since 2010 and are engaged in the production of photo-reportages from Egypt as well as of photo sets for exhibitions and publications.
They manage the Alquati Photo Studio, which is known for its works in the industrial sector and even more in the automotive field, representing cars of both standard makes and those involved in racing activities. For the people working in the Italian car racing organizations, the Alquati Photo Studio is seen as a reliable and friendly reference for its skilfulness and experience.
Since 1979, Daniela and Michele have acquired the confidence of important industrial and publicity companies, and they often receive orders for photo reportages, fitting out sets and press office support.
They also share the passion for ancient Egypt and on many occasions they were happy to put their knowledge and their sophisticated tools at the service of the Pharaohs, to try to get the scent and the soul of that mysterious civilization.

Cellina Michaela

Dr. Michaela Cellina holds a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and has won a post-graduate training certification in Radiodiagnosis in 2011 from the IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital of Milan, where she started her career.
Since 2012 she has worked for the Radiology Department of the Fatebenefratelli Milan Hospital where she oversees the Simple Structure of MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and clinical neuro and body diagnosis departments.
She lectures in Italy and abroad and devotes herself to clinical research in cooperation with other Departments of the ASST Fatebenefratelli Sacco Hospital as well as the State University of Milan.
Deeply attracted to archaeology and Egyptology her favored approach is imaging diagnosis. Today, newly developed equipment with advanced software allows the fulfilment of medical needs and the discovery of secret artistic works and ancient findings.

Loynes Robert Bob

Dr. Robert qualified as a doctor at the university of Liverpool Medical School, UK in 1966. Following post-graduate training and a full career as an Orthopaedic, Trauma and Hand Surgeon in Staffordshire, UK, he retired from clinical practice in 2010.
He then returned to university to pursue a completely new career and in 2014 obtained a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Manchester.
His main interest is the use of CT scans to perform Virtopsy on mummies to provide knowledge of embalming practices throughout many of the periods of the ancient Egyptian civilisation. He has, also, analysed the CT scans of several mummies from different cultures, historical periods and locations.
Currently an Honorary Lecturer in the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology in the University of Manchester he works with researchers from many countries to research aspects of mummification and paleo-pathology.

Lancetti Maria Elena

Member of the Executive Board of the Mummy Project.
Passionate about ancient Egypt and ancient civilizations since the age of 8, over time has participated in several excavation campaigns in Egypt, Mexico and Bosnia.
From 2002 to 2008 she participated in a course in Egyptology and Egyptian Hieroglyphics of the Middle Kingdom organized by the chair of Egyptology at the University of Milan.
She enrolled in the Faculty of History of the State University of Milan, she took, among others, exams in Egyptology (history, art and Egyptian hieroglyphs of the Middle Kingdom) obtaining a distinction.
She organizes educational laboratories and gives lectures to Elementary students and to young aspiring Egyptologists. She also participates in every research program of the Mummy Project.
Every year she goes to Egypt which she considers her real home, the place where her heart resides.

Bourbon Livio

Livio Bourbon (bourbonlivio@gmail.com), born 1969 in Casale Monferrato, has visited more than 40 countries in the last 20 years, seeing places through his camera lens and explaining then via his pictures. Of particular importance were his photographs taken during an Atlantic Ocean crossing on board the Amerigo Vespucci sailing ship from Genoa to New York.
Also noteworthy were his duties as official photographer in spring 2004 during the first ever hang glider circumnavigation of Mt Everest followed, in winter 2005/6, by a similar expedition over Cerro Aconcagua (Argentina Andes).
Many publications show his pictures: Paris, city of light and suggestion; Ireland, Erin land of Saints and Giants; Cuba la Isla Grande; the Greeks in Italy, art and civilisation of the Magna Grecia; Peru: Angkor, pomp and splendour of the Kmer empire; Ancient India; Phuket, the Andeman Sea pearl; Bangkok, the queen of Siam; Thailand, home of the eternal smile; Brittany. For Priuli & Verlucca publishing house his works were: Turin 360°; good morning Piedmont; good morning Liguria; good morning Mountains 2006; Venice art town; Lombardy and Milan.
Livio Bourbon is co-founder of the Photo Agency "Spin 360" and author of the cultural playgames "Mandala di Riso" and "Risegno" (mandalaexperience.eu)

Bulfoni Alessandro

From 2016 he is Responsible of the in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department of Humanitas SanPioX di Milano.
Post graduate specialisation with Prof. G. Pardi at the Azienda Ospedaliera San Paolo, where then he worked as assistant day-surgeon; followed by Prof M. Candiani. He was coordinator of gynaecology department of the same hospital until December 2009.
In 2010 he joined the staff of the Clinica Mangiagalli Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Policlinico di Milano, as Assistant Obstetrician and Gynecologist Responsible for Gynaecological Endoscopy where he majored in micro-invasive gynaecological (endoscopic and robotic), laparatomic and vaginal surgery.
He was involved in scientific research on malignant and benign pathology. He was lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Milan.
In the obstetric field, he was particularly involved in physiological and risk in the department of Pathology of Maternity, and in the delivery rooms of the Clinica Mangiagalli.

Soggiu Alessio

During the last years Prof. Soggiu has been particularly dedicated to proteomics, a discipline that he has applied to the study of microorganisms in the field of veterinary and human public health, investigating the functional adaptations of microbial consortia in complex matrices using advanced bioinformatics techniques.
He applied (meta)proteomics analytical workflows to investigate the bacterial content of complex biological matrices to obtain a method that provides a measurement of circulating bacterial proteins involved in antibiotic resistance and gathers information about the whole microbiome.
He has also applied sophisticated molecular methodologies to the etiopathogenetic and diagnostic study of diseases of medical-veterinary interest, also in animal models, and in the field of veterinary reproduction. He has collaborated with medical units applying proteomics also to neuroscience and autoimmune diseases.
These research have been published in international journals, as can be seen from the following list of selected publications.

Bonizzi Luigi

Luigi Bonizzi, research Phd of compared pathology, is professor of Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals at the Milan Università degli Studi.
The scientific work of Prof. Luigi Bonizzi is focused on the study of infections diseases with a “one health” approach; moreover he is engaged in using and applying new “great data-mining” methods for the examination of the pathogenous elements, and, above all, he has developed a proteomics platform for the study of the micro-organisms that is acknowledged across the world.
His scientific studies have been published in prestigious international magazines. He has been Department Director, and attends scientific committees as well as boards of directors of well known research centres.

Rossi Elena

Conservator and Restorer of Cultural Heritage.
She graduated from the University of Urbino 'Carlo Bo' presenting a scientific Thesis combined with diagnostic analyzes applied to an Egyptian anthropoid wooden sarcophagus belonging to the 26th Dynasty, owned by a noble Theban princess.
Specialized in the field of Conservation and Restoration of polychromed artefacts, painted on textile supports and on polychromed wooden boards, she participated in a pilot-project organized by the University of Urbino with the purpose of the recovery of earthquake stricken paintings and wooden sculptures from the city of Amandola, works of art deeply damaged by the disastrous earthquake which occurred in the center of Italy, Marche, in 2016.
She did an internship in Parma alongside a restorers group, dealing with the restoration of a late 16th century church; she also worked on a French colonial-era Liberty-style Villa in Vietnam, in Hồ Chí Minh, taking part in a large Italian project developed in South-East Asia, with the aim of raising awareness of Oriental Culture on Conservation, Prevention and Restoration of the ancient materials.
Since childhood she has been deeply fascinated by the culture of the ancient Egyptians, assionate about ancient history and attracted to Egyptology and archeology, she pursued her vocation with perseverance and determination, working alongside the Mummy Project team.

Solerio Manuela

Digital Strategist and Social Media Manager, expert in storytelling, writer. She founded the Carpe Di-em Agency and is the artistic director of the Stardust Theater. With a Degree in Literature and thesis with Prof. Alessandro Barbero, she is member of the Mummy Project and responsible for the Press and PR office.
She collaborates on exhibitions,event projects and developments and is involved with fundraising and grant applications.

Niek de Haan

Shabtis Expert. He has a special interest in the ancient Egyptian funerary items called shabtis. During a secondment for his work to London in 2003 and subsequent visits to the British Museum his interest in these small objects developed. He studied Egyptology by Huub Pragt from the Netherlands.
Niek’s website ( shabticollections.com ) publishes shabtis held in private collections as well as providing parallel studies for the shabti of a single person.
Furthermore, he has published in Göttinger Miszellen and helped various museums worldwide to publish their shabti collections (including the collections studied and published with the Mummy Project team in Italy, such as the Museo Camillo Leone, Vercelli, the Buonconsiglio Castle, Trento, the Archeological Museum of Bergamo).
His book “Psamtek, son of Mery-Neith” was published in 2013 and acquired by the libraries of the large museums across the world.

Project Development
Exhibitions        Past Events

“Una Moderna Camera delle Meraviglie. Mummie Egizie tra Storia, Scienza e Tecnologia” 12/2018 - 08/2021, Museum of Natural Sciences of Brescia

“Egyptian Corner”, permanent Egyptian section at the Raccolte Archeologiche of the University of Pavia. Open since 2017

“Mummy of Bast-es-Ankh and her Coffin”, permanent exposition at the Palais Mamming Meran. Open since 2015

Permanent Egyptian Section at the Buonconsiglio Castle, Trent. Open since 2009

Temporary Exhibition “Wine in Ancient Egypt” 21/03/13 – 19/05/13, Alba. Honored with the Italian President Medal

Temporary Exhibition “Egyptian Red, graphic dialogue between Ancient Egypt and Enrico Colombotto Rosso” 20/03/16 - 23/10/16, Deposito Museale, Via Roma 12, Pontestura, AL

Temporary Exhibition “DiVino, the lands of Ancient Egypt and Monferrato, kingdoms of the wine culture” EXPO 2015, Castello Paleologi, Casale Monferrato, AL

Temporary Exhibition “Egitto Mai Visto” 05/2009 - 01/2010, Buonconsiglio Castle of Tren

“Ur Sunu. Great Doctors of Ancient Egpyt. Deseases and cures in the land of pharaohs” 27/09/08 – 10/01/08, Palazzo Sannazzaro, Casale Monferrato (AL)
150 items from: Metropolitan Museum of New York, Brooklyn Museum of New York, Kunst Historisches Museum of Vienna, Vatican Museum, Egyptian Museum of Turin, Egyptian Museum of Florence, Archaeological Museum of Bologna, Anthropological Museum of Turin, Padua City Museum, Como City Museum, Land Museum of Biella, “G.B. Ariani” Museum of Cherasco, Domodossola City Museum, “Camillo Leone” Museum of Vercelli, “Susa Leone” Museum of Vercelli, Archaeological and Paleontological Museum of Asti, Susa City Museum

“The Pharaoh's garden” 2015, a real Nile style garden inside the hall of the exhibition “DiVino”

“A look on Ancient Egypt” 04/2010 - 09/2010, lectures, documentaries and laboratories for children at the “Camillo Leone” Museum of Vercelli

“MEXPO” Spring 2015, a series of cultural events, lectures and labs waiting for the World Expo Milan 2015:
07/02 “Egypt: cooked and eaten. Habits at the Pharaoh's table”, lecture by Malgora Sabina
08/02 “A meal with the Pharaoh”, teaching lab for kids
21/03 “Abemus in cena. Foodstuffs and drinks in the ancient Rome”, lecture by Cattaneo Patrizia, an archaeologist from the Sutermaier Museum of Legnano
“A meal in the ancient Rome”, educational lab for kids
11/04 “From Corsican jugs to Nutella jars. Tales of contents and containers”, lecture by Dr Mordeglia Lucia, a member of the Lombardy Archaeology Superintendence

“An Egyptian Autumn” 10/2008 - 12/2008 at Santa Croce Cloister, Casale Monferrato: a series of lectures on the medicine in ancient Egypt given by museum directors and researchers

“The Mummy’s Curse” 2014, Alba and “Murder at the back of the Pyramids” 2017, Legnano: theatre performances involving the public in collaboration with StarDust Company

Preserving Cultural Heritage
MPR advocates the on-going evaluation of cultural materials with the view of recovering the historical, anthropological and artistic contexts
Children's Lab
MPR produces and presents creative teaching activities for children and adults
MPR produces understandable reports and publishes the results of its analyses in scientific journals and catalogues
Some examples:

“Una Moderna Camera delle Meraviglie. Mummie Egizie tra Storia, Scienza e Tecnologia”, catalogue of the exhibition at the Museum of Natural Sciences of Brescia, 2018

“From Egypt to the Alps” (in Italian), catalogue of the Egyptian section of the Buonconsiglio Castle, Trent, 2016

“Egyptian Red, graphic dialogue between Ancient Egypt and Enrico Colombotto Rosso” (in Italian). Catalogue of the exhibition, 2015

“Wine in Ancient Egypt” (in Italian), Turin, 2014

“The Ankhpakhered Case, new scientific approaches by Mummy Project Research” (in Italian), Turin, 2013

“The Egyptian Collection of Museo Camillo Leone of Vercelli” (in Italian), Novara, 2011

“Ur Sunu. Great Doctors of Ancient Egpyt. Deseases and cures in the land of pharaohs” (in Italian), Vercelli, 2008


Balanica Andrei Daniel and Merlin Laura - students at "ITIS Sobrero", Casale Monferrato

German Mummy Project, Reiss Engelhorn Museen (REM) - Impressum, Mannheim, Germany

Carabinieri, RIS (Scientific Investigations Department), Rome, Italy

Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium, (AMSC), Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA

KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology, Manchester, UK

Institute for Mummies and the Iceman, (EURAC) Bolzano, Italy

Archaeological Museum of the University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy

Civic Archaeological Museum of Erba

Archaeological Museum of Bergamo

Nicola Restauri, Aramengo

Metropolitan Museum (MMA) NYC, New York, USA

British Museum

Museo de La Plata, Buenos Aires

Egyptian Museum, Florence, Italy

Museum of Natural Sciences, Brescia, Italy

Meran City Museum, Merano, Italy

Camillo Leone Museum, Vercelli, Italy

Land Museum, Biella, Italy

University of Pavia

University of Buenos Aires