Martina Sitt teaches at University of Kassel. She did her doctoral thesis in 1990 on Jacob Burckhardts writings on aesthetics. Employments in projects at the Residenzgalerie Salzburg, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and the Technical University, Institute of Art History in Vienna, was followed by the position of the Chief Curator of Old Master Paintings at the Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf (1992-1999). Starting in 2000 she was deputy director and chief curator of the Old Master paintings at the Hamburger Kunsthalle. Parallel teaching at University since 1993 she qualified as a professor in 2001. Her guest professorships include positions held at Budapest, Uni Roma III, Vienna and Smith College (MA), and as guest curator in Museums at Trento, Rome and New York. Her fellowships include those at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Volkswagen and the Getty Curatorial Grant. Since 2014 she has regularly published on female artists in the context of the art academies of the 18th Century.