Resulting from the merger of two historic art galleries that had been in the market for generations ANTONACCI LAPICCIRELLA FINE has become a focal point over the years for enthusiasts and collectors of paintings of the “Grand Tour”, drawings and sculptures by European artists from the late 18th to the mid-19th centuries and it even has an area for hosting exhibitions that are frequently of museum quality. The gallery shows at the most prestigious art and antiques fairs, including the TEFAF in Maastricht, the Salon du Dessin in Paris, the Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato at Palazzo Corsini in Florence. Over the years, many of theirs works have entered important public collections, such as the National Gallery in Washington, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Polo Museale Fiorentino, the Museo di Capodimonte, the Prague Museum, the Museo di Villa Mansi in Lucca, the Museum of Fontainebleau, the Hamburger Kunsthalle in Hamburg, the Musée D’Orsay, the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence as well being snapped up by numerous private collectors. FRANCESCA ANTONACCI Francesca Antonacci, who hails from an old-established family of antique dealers that has been doing business in Rome since 1916, pursued her studies at the Istituto di Storia dell’Arte in Rome’s La Sapienza University. Studying in the school of Giuliano Briganti, she conducted research into Italian 17th century painting and built up her knowledge and experience with periods of study and work in Paris and London. She ran the family’s celebrated gallery in Via del Babuino for many years and worked with her father in their London gallery specialising in European painting and furniture of the 18th and 19th centuries. Francesca opened her own gallery at no. 54 Via Margutta in Rome in 2003.
Caffi focuses on the play of light caused by the torches and bonfires on the façades of the Palazzo del Quirinale and Palazzo della Consulta, and on the obelisk and the statues of Castor and Pollux, the symbolic centre of Romanitas. Crucial to the painting is the depiction of the festive populace waving their arms and hats aloft, while the metal flagpoles glimmer in the light cast by the flames
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