Marc Bayard holds a PhD in art history from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). He has been a recipient of the French Minsitry of Foreign Affairs’ Lavoisier scholarship and a resident of the French Academy in Rome – Villa Médicis. He has been Head of the Department of research in art history of this institution during six years. Upon his return in France he joined the office of the Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand, and was then appointed Cultural and Scientific Advisor at the Mobilier national. Also, he has been scientific editor of several books and has authored (amongst other) the following publications: Feinte Baroque. Iconographie et esthétique de la variété au XVIIe siècle (2010), Sacri Monti. Incandescence baroque en Italie du Nord (with Valère Novarina, 2012). In 2016 he published a collective book on the Design of power.