Ph.D., President at Scientific Analysis of Fine Art

Jennifer L. Mass, Ph.D. is the Founder and President of Scientific Analysis of Fine Art (SAFA), LLC. She founded SAFA in 2007 to address a growing need for objective material assessment of works in the art market, complementing connoisseurship and conservation assessments. SAFA assists lawyers, insurers, collectors, dealers, auction houses, and private conservation firms in addressing questions of attribution, state of preservation, and provenance. Dr. Mass and her team have examined paintings ranging from the 17th century Dutch Golden Age to the works of the early modernists and the Expressionists, in particular Henri Matisse and Edvard Munch. Dr. Mass received her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Cornell University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has conducted the scientific study of works of art in museum and academic contexts for over twenty years and taught this subject in U.S. master’s degree programs in art conservation and material culture for her entire career. Jennifer gives dozens of lectures a year on her work nationally and internationally and has received awards for her research from the Italian Society for Nondestructive Testing and from the American Materials Research Society.