Vittorio Sgarbi
Vittorio Sgarbi at Eataly Smeraldo Milano.jpg
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
23 March 2018
ConstituencyEmilia-Romagna 2
In office
23 April 1992 – 27 April 2006
ConstituencyCagliari (1992–1994)
Calabria (1994–1996)
Friuli-Venezia Giulia (1996–2001)
Veneto 1 (2001–2006)
Mayor of Sutri
Assumed office
11 June 2018
Preceded byGuido Cianti
Sicilian Regional Assessor
of Cultural Heritage
In office
18 November 2017 – 19 March 2018
PresidentNello Musumeci
Preceded byAurora Francesca Notarianni
Succeeded bySebastiano Tusa
Mayor of Salemi
In office
30 June 2008 – 15 February 2012
Preceded byBiagio Mastrantoni
Succeeded byDomenico Venuti
Mayor of San Severino Marche
In office
9 December 1992 – 24 December 1993
Preceded byAlduino Pelagalli
Succeeded byManlio Rossi
Personal details
Vittorio Umberto Antonio Maria Sgarbi

(1952-05-08) 8 May 1952 (age 70)
Ferrara, Italy
Political partyPSI (1990–1992)
PLI (1992–1994)
FI (1994–1999)
Liberal Sgarbi (1999–2006)
Consumers' List (2006)
UdC (2008)
Revolution Party (2012)
IP (2013)
Independent (2013–2017)
Renaissance (2017–present)
FI (2018)[1][2]
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
WebsiteOfficial website

Vittorio Umberto Antonio Maria Sgarbi (born 8 May 1952 in Ferrara) is an Italian art critic, art historian, writer, politician, cultural commentator and television personality. He is President of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto. He was appointed curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale.[3] Several times a member of the Italian Parliament, in 2008 he served as Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Sports in Milan's municipal government for six months when Mayor Letizia Moratti terminated his mandate as she saw him 'unfit for the job'.[4] In 2012, he was removed as Mayor of Salemi by the Ministry of Interior after he failed to acknowledge Mafia interferences in his cabinet.[5]


Vittorio Sgarbi attended the Classical Lyceum "Ludovico Ariosto" in Ferrara and then graduated in Philosophy "cum laude" at the University of Bologna, where he also specialized in History of Art. He has a younger sister, Elisabetta Sgarbi, an Italian film producer and writer.

Sgarbi made his debut on National TV as art expert on the Maurizio Costanzo Show on Canale 5. In the 1990s he had his own show, Sgarbi Quotidiani. (a pun on his name that can be read as "Daily Sgarbi" or "Daily Offences"). The show was a 15-minute recapitulation of current events. On a few episodes Sgarbi furiously attacked the Italian judges working on the Tangentopoli corruption scandal. Sgarbi also criticized the use of preventive detention in prison.

Although Sgarbi has strongly defended the role of Catholicism as a foundational element of Italian culture, he defines himself as an atheist. On ethical issues — for example, that of euthanasia or in the case of Eluana Englaro, whose life was artificially prolonged by 17 years in a vegetative coma, he sided with the Catholic Church. He has also declared his opposition to gay marriage and to marriage in general.

While he was mayor of the Sicilian city of Salemi, he was removed from his role and the administration of the city got commissioned. According to the Minister of Interior Anna Maria Cancellieri, Sgarbi had responsibilities in the infiltration of Mafia in the management of the city, for example through the creation of fake protocols and making the administrative process slower.[6]

In November 2017, Sgarbi was chosen by President-elect of Sicily Nello Musumeci as new Regional Assessor of Cultural Heritage.[7][8]

He was re-elected as MP for Forza Italia for the 2018 general election, and was successively elected as Mayor of Sutri later in June of the same year.

Sgarbi is also a columnist for il Giornale and works as an art critic for Panorama newsmagazine.



TV Shows


  1. ^ "Silvio Berlusconi, Vittorio Sgarbi: "Mi candido con Forza Italia, ho un seggio sicuro al Senato"". Libero. 19 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Sgarbi: "Modena una città di primati, io farò ministro Beni Culturali"". il Resto del Carlino. 8 February 2018.
  3. ^ Meet Vittorio Sgarbi, the Contemporary-Art-Hating Firebrand Behind Italy's Venice Biennale Pavilion,
  4. ^ "La Moratti ritira le deleghe a Sgarbi Lui: "Ha tradito un accordo politico"". 8 May 2008.
  5. ^ "Il ministero dell'Interno: "Responsabilità di Sgarbi nell'infiltrazione mafiosa a Salemi"". Il Fatto Quotidiano. April 22, 2012.
  6. ^ Giacalone, di Rino (22 April 2012). "Il ministero dell'Interno: "Responsabilità di Sgarbi nell'infiltrazione mafiosa a Salemi" - Il Fatto Quotidiano".
  7. ^ Emanuele Lauria (14 November 2017). "Sgarbi verso i Beni culturali: "Musei aperti fino a notte. Vorrei Crocetta testimonial"". la Repubblica.
  8. ^ "Sgarbi nuovo assessore alla Cultura: "Rischierò la vita, attaccherò la mafia tutti i giorni" "Sgarbi assessore alla Cultura: "Rischierò la vita, attaccherò la mafia tutti i giorni"". Today. 15 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Vittorio Sgarbi, lectio illustrata sui tesori di Lodi, Codogno e Casalpusterlengo". 29 June 2020. Retrieved 2020-07-17.