Dr Bruce Boucher

Director, Sir John Soane's Museum

Biography

Bruce Boucher became Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum in May of 2016. A native of the United States, he taught for over twenty years at University College London before entering the museum world as Curator and Head of European Sculpture, Decorative Arts, and Ancient Art at the Art Institute of Chicago (2002-2009). He is the author of a number of books, among them: The Sculpture of Jacopo Sansovino (1991), Andrea Palladio: The Architect in his Time (1994, revised, 1998 and 2007), Italian Baroque Sculpture (1998), and Earth and Fire: Italian Terracotta Sculpture from Donatello to Canova (editor, 2001). He has served on the steering committee or has been responsible for various exhibitions, including: Andrea Palladio (Haywood Gallery, 1975); The Genius of Venice (Royal Academy, 1983); Donatello e i suoi (Florence, 1986); Earth and Fire: Italian Terracotta Sculpture from Donatello to Canova (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Victoria & Albert Museum, 2001-2002). He was Director of the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia from 2009-16. He is a corresponding member of the Ateneo Veneto in Venice, a former president of the board of the Center for Palladian Studies in America, a former member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.