Margherita Clavarino

is a final year PhD student on early modern prints at 

The Warburg Institute. She holds a MA History of Art from

The Courtauld Institute of Art in 'Print Culture and the Early Modern Arts' and she has worked in different graphic collections (Musei di Strada Nuova, Albertina and Kunsthalle Bremen).

This website aims to gather together all the Gabinetti disegni e stampe italiani (Italian Prints and Drawings Study Cabinets) in order to promote and enhance the Italian heritage of prints and drawings. On the website, each Gabinetto disegni e stampe is accompanied by an up-to-date description, contacts (emails and telephone numbers), related links (website links and online collections links) and pictures. This is to facilitate the accessibility of these places to researchers, collectors, and prints and drawings enthusiasts. Associated with the website is a constantly updated Instagram page 

@gabinettidisegniestampe, which aims to make known to the general public the different collections hosting prints and drawings in Italy. Generally closed to the general public, these places are mostly unknown to people. The page aims to virtually open the doors of this places both visually, by  the means of pictures, and literally, by describing how these places were created and which works they host. Indeed, these prints and drawings remain mostly hidden, mainly for preservation reasons but also for the lack of resources to allocate to these cabinets. The idea of creating this platform came from the fact that prints and drawings study rooms have rarely a space dedicated on the Italian institutional websites and social networks. Furthermore, given that, differently from other works of art, prints and drawings cannot be permanently exhibited, they  should be permanently exhibited at least online.