Salvatore Settis is an eminent Italian art historian and classicist. Currently Emeritus Professor of the History of Classical Art and Archaeology at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, he has held a range of prestigious roles, including Director of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. His work has ranged widely from the classical era through to the Renaissance, and has included studies of the famous sixteenth-century painting The Tempest by Giorgione and of the historical reception of the classical world, in which he attempted to show how our conceptions of the classical world are constantly being reinvented. He has been a vocal critic of the policies of various Italian governments towards the country’s cultural heritage and has often been mentioned as a potential culture minister. Polity has published his The Future of the ‘Classical’.