Xavier F. Salomon was born in Rome and grew up between Italy and England. He was educated at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where he received his BA in art history, his MA and PhD, with a thesis on ‘The Religious Artistic and Architectural Patronage of Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini (1571-1621)’. His main areas of expertise are art and patronage in 17th-century Rome, and the painter Paolo Veronese. He has worked in curatorial capacities at The British Museum, the National Gallery and Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, and at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He is currently Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at The Frick Collection, New York.