Silvia Segnalini

Silvia Segnalini is an assistant professor at the University Sapienza of Rome and attorney-at-law, admitted to Rome Bar since 2002.


Silvia Segnalini is an assistant professor at the University Sapienza of Rome and attorney-at-law, admitted to Rome Bar since 2002.

She has gained considerable experience in art law, fashion law, cultural heritage legislation and aspects of copyright, intellectual property and civil-commercial law and is therefore closely associated with the world of art, collectibles, design and architecture and luxury.


She was born in Rome in 1973. As an Italian art lawyer she practises especially in the field of cultural heritage, copyright and legal advice on art, collecting and fashion. She is also a research assistant, in the past in Roman Law at the Roman Law Institute of the University of Rome – La Sapienza (with an MA and a doctorate in Roman Law; scholarships at the University of Paris II and at the University of Bonn and several research grants for her studies in Roman Law), and now in Financial Markets Law (for her focus on art funds), in the same University.

Since 2007, she has been a freelance journalist for Il Giornale dell’Arte (the Italian edition of The Art Newspaper) and now contributes frequently as a columnist and specialist in legal advice on art and collecting for other magazines. Among her books and several essays on art law, notable are the Dizionario giuridico dell’arte.,La guida al diritto per il mondo dell’arte (Dictionary of Italian art law. The guide to law for the art scene), Skira, 2010, and Le leggi della moda.

She also lectures on art law and cultural heritage in MA courses (University of Rome Luiss Business School – Master in Arts & Cultural Skills for Management; University of Milan Iulm Faculty of Communication Science — Master in Economy & Management of Antiquarian Market; University of Verona Faculty of Arts and Letters — Master in Rare Books) and Foundations (eg. Italia Nostra) and animates workshops (Arte Libro, International Art Books
Fair, Bologna, etc.).

She belongs to the ALDUS CLUB (an international bibliophile club based in Milan and chaired by Umberto Eco), the MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome), and the GNAM (National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art). She is herself a restless collector: her collections go from rare books (her first passion), through rare and exceptional wines (which she tastes, obviously…) to the iconic 2.55 bags.

Being herself an eager and devoted art addict, she incessantly visits the best-known art fairs, renowned galleries, museums, etc. to meet those who have an influence on the international art system in order to analyse and to capture new and innovative tendencies, inspirations and suggestions for her work and passions.