The person called to replace Dolores Jiménez-Blanco at the head of the general direction of Fine Arts of the Ministry of Culture and Sports is Isaac Sastre de Diego (Segovia, 1978), as approved this Tuesday by the Council of Ministers.
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Sastre de Diego is a civil servant, belongs to the Facultative Body of Conservators of State Museums, number 1 of the 2016 class, and, according to the ministry, “has a brilliant curriculum.” He has a degree in Art History from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and has a doctorate in Prehistory and Archeology, with an outstanding qualification cum laude. He was currently serving as an advisory member of the Technical Office of the Secretary General for Culture and Sports.
He has previously held the position of head of the Archeology Service at the IPCE (Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain) and various positions at the National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida. He has also been a PhD researcher at the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).
He also has post-doctoral 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 Ancient and High Middle Ages.
Five subdirectorates hang from this general directorate: Cultural Assets, Records and Documentation of Historical Heritage, State Museums, the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain and State Archives.