The Council of Ministers appoints Isaac Sastre de Diego, who until now was an advisory member of the cabinet of the Secretary General for Culture and Sports, as new general director of Fine Arts.
Sastre de Diego (Segovia, 1978) replaces from today Lola Jimenez-Blanco, whose resignation last week generated a great controversy around the transfer of works of art of national museums, among them, the Lady of Elche.
The new general director of Fine Arts is a civil servant –belongs to the Facultative Body of Conservators of State Museums-, was number one in his class (2016) and has a brilliant resume.
He has a degree in History of art from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and has a doctorate in Prehistory and Archeology, with an outstanding cum laude rating. He currently served as an advisory member of the Technical Office of the Secretary General for Culture and Sports, Victor Francos.
He has previously held the position of head of the Archeology Service at IPCE (Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain) and various positions in the National Museum of Roman Art of Mérida. He has also been a doctor researcher at the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).
He also has postdoctoral research experience at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom), and stays at the Spanish School of History and Archeology in Rome (Italy), in Zagreb (Croatia) and at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin (Germany).
Sastre de Diego is an expert, among other areas, in Cultural Heritage, Archeology and Heritage, and in Archeology and Architecture of the late Old Age and the High Middle Ages.