Moretti Fine Art, the antiquarian Fabrizio Moretti’s gallery specializing in paintings and sculptures by old masters, expands: the opening of the new Duke Street office in London is scheduled for July 1 in a historic building where the gallery will have 800 square meters of space.
Antikvaren Fabrizio Morettiprotector of Moretti Fine Art, The Old Master Gallery specializing in paintings and sculptures founded, opens on July 1 a new office in London on Duke Street in St. James’s District. Located on 12-13 Duke Street, the new gallery is spread over two adjacent historic buildings and over three floors in a total of approx. 800 square meters gallery and offices. The opening exhibition will reflect the specialization in Italian painting and sculpture from the 14th to the 17th century, for which the gallery is famous worldwide, and will display works by Sano Di Pietro, Giovanni Baronzio, Nicolo dell’Abate and Canaletto. The two historic buildings on Duke Street date back to 1674 and have been home to art dealers since 1910. The renovation project included complex and almost total demolition of the internal environments, and consequently a huge construction work of a single large space that harmonized the two buildings, of which the front facade and part of the back wall are preserved. Connected by two main stairs at each end of the building and a central elevator, the ground floor and first floor are designed as exhibition spaces, while the second floor houses offices and meeting rooms for the gallery.
“This gallery is exactly as I wanted it, for almost three years I have followed every aspect from the initial project to the small details, and everyone has always had in mind to improve the works. I did not just want a beautiful and elegant place, ”explains Fabrizio Moretti. Visitors enter a double-height room that visually connects the first-floor showroom with the entrance below, while a corresponding double-height room at the back of the building pushes natural light from the ground-floor galleries to the library and archive in the basement. the project, signed by the architect and interior design studio Tomèf of London, intends to highlight the very generous height and width of the walls, allowing you to hang and set up large works of art, as well as create different atmospheres, even with the use of velvet or silk wall coverings to enrich the paintings of the ancient masters and natural oak herringbone floors, which in turn can be decorated with refined antique rugs.
Moretti Fine Art will also open as a virtual gallery in Metaverset in the near future thanks to a partnership with Virtual Pangea, a blockchain company developing a multi-layered metaverse ecosystem. By entering this digital world, Moretti Fine Art customers will have the opportunity to experience a new type of exhibition, interact in virtual spaces and finally purchase the NFT of Moretti Fine Art masterpieces.
Moretti Fine Art Gallery
Galleria Moretti was founded in 1999 by Fabrizio Moretti in the heart of Florence, between Palazzo Strozzi and Santa Maria Novella with an exhibition of the introductory From Bernardo Daddi to Giorgio Vasari and immediately excelled for his specialization in Italian antique paintings. Since then, internationally renowned art historians have collaborated on several projects curated by the gallery. Over the years, Moretti Fine Art has sold several works to major museums, including the Uffizi Galleries, the Accademia Gallery, the San Marco Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Louvre, the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the National Gallery in London.
Moretti Fine Art opened in London in 2005 and quickly became a reference point for collectors looking for a confidential and discreet approach. In December 2011, the gallery moved to St. James’s, in the heart of the international art market, a space closed in 2019 to focus on the construction project of its new large gallery in Duke St.
The gallery has exhibited regularly at the TEFAF Maastricht, at the Frieze Masters in London and at the International Antiques Biennale in Florence. The collaboration with Andrew Butterfield Fine Arts has led to several co-curated exhibitions in New York, including Body and Soul: Masterpieces of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture and A Rediscovered Masterpiece by Antonio Corradini.
The philanthropic activity of the gallery has led to the publication of some important monographs by Italian painters, including Spinello Aretino, Carlo Dolci, Bartolomeo della Gatta, Angelo Caroselli, Johannes Hispanus and Simone dei Crocifissi. Moretti Fine Art has also funded scholarships at various institutions and sponsored the restoration of paintings, including Pontormos La Visitazione. Moretti Fine Art is a member of the Italian Antiques Association, the Italian Federation of Art Merchants, the Florentine Antiques Association, the Society of London Art Dealers and The British Antiques Dealers Association.
Owner Fabrizio Moretti, born in Prato in 1976, graduated in literature from the University of Florence, where in 1999, at the age of 22, he opened the Moretti Gallery. In addition to the galleries in Florence and London, Moretti opened an exhibition space in 2017 at Park Palace in the Principality of Monaco.
Moretti served on the executive committee of TEFAF and the Frieze Masters. Since 2014, he has been Secretary General of the International Biennial of Antiques in Florence on the occasion of which in 2015 he invited Jeff Koons to temporarily install some of his works in Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio. In 2016, he became a member of the Paintings Council at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In 2017, again in conjunction with BIAF, Urs Fischer created a sculpture titled Marsupial depicting Fabrizio Moretti installed on Piazza della Signoria in Florence. In 2019, Moretti was appointed a member of the Scientific Committee of the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, and the Nouveau Musée of Monaco dedicated an exhibition to him entitled Step by Step. Visions of an art dealer collection that testifies to Moretti’s passion for modern and contemporary art and for the ancient masters. The exhibition included several great artists such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Alighiero Boetti, Guido Cagnacci, Jacopo Carucci known as Pontormo, George Condo, Thierry De Cordier, Pedro de Mena y Medrano, Andrea and Giovanni della Robbia, Lucio Fontana, Wade Guyton, Martin Kippenberger, Jannis Kounellis, Jan Lievens, Glenn Ligon, Albert Oehlen, Richard Prince, Guido Reni, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Saville and Bartolomeo Vivarini.
Her numerous awards include the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Art et des Lettres title, awarded by the French Minister of Culture in 2004, and the Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Culturel, awarded by the Princess of Hanover in 2019. In 2015, she received Le Chiavi of the city of Florence by Mayor Dario Nardella. Moretti has donated several works to international museums such as the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum. One project that is particularly close to Moretti’s heart is the Fabrizio Moretti Foundation, a charity dedicated to supporting the disabled. The first project, which is now in its final phase, is the construction of a center dedicated to children and the effects of hippotherapy in his hometown, Prato, in Italy.
Pictured: Fabrizio Moretti
|Antiquarian Fabrizio Moretti opens a new gallery in London on 1 July|
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