With a degree from the Ecole du Louvre and a doctorate in art history from the Université Paris-Sorbonne, Valentine Toutain-Quittelier is a specialist in artistic exchanges between France and Italy in the 18th century, as well as the Regency of Philippe d’Orleans. Her thesis, Regards en miroirs. Les relations artistiques entre la France et Venise, 1700-1730 (“Seeing in mirrors, Artistic relations between France and Venice, 1700-1730”) won the Prix Nicole in 2012, which was rewarded by the Comité Français d’Histoire de l’Art. She co-directed the acts Watteau with confluent des arts; Esthétiques de la grâce (Aesthetics of grace) (PUR, 2014) and Visible Lisible (Seeable Readable), confrontations et articulations du texte et de l’image (confrontations and arcticulations of text and image) (Nouveau Monde Éditions, 2007). Her current research is on the transfers of models in Europe, and the interactions between art and finance in the context of what was conferred art status and gained heritage status in the financial world in the 18th century. In the ESAD, she teaches the history of classical art.