Founded in 1997
Paolo Antonacci opened his gallery in via del Babuino 141/a, Rome in 1998. Coming from a long line of Roman antique dealers, he had worked for over twenty years in the prestigious Rome and London galleries belonging to his father Giuseppe, a very well-known international antiquarian.
Right from the start Paolo’s new gallery distinguished itself for the expertise and attention devoted to paintings from the period between the late eighteenth century to the first half of the twentieth century, with a particular regard for Vedutismo.
Since its first publication in 1998 of a catalogue devoted to landscape views of the Grand Tour, the gallery has annually published a volume devoted, each time, to a different aspect of the subject. Among these we recall here the catalogues about the Roman Carnival and the Golden Age of Danish Artists in Rome in the Nineteenth Century.
The latter publication led the Municipality of Rome to charge Paolo Antonacci with curating the exhibition of Danish artists present in nineteenth century Rome, which was organized for the visit of queen Margrethe of Denmark. The gallery has also opened its spaces to exhibitions by contemporary artists and, over the years, it has developed a particular interest in little-known sector of the antique photographs of the nineteenth century. The gallery participates in such major antiques fairs as the Biennale of Palazzo Corsini in Florence, the Biennale d’Arte at Palazzo Venezia in Rome and the Milano International Antique Show at Palazzo della Permanente in Milan.
The gallery is a regular presence at prestigious international fairs like the Masterpiece in London and the Highlights in Munich. In 2013 Paolo Antonacci has participated at the Master Drawings Week in New York, as well as the Masterpiece, the Biennale in Florence and the Highlights in Munich. In the late spring the gallery held a major exhibition focused on the collection of Danish and Roman nineteenth century paintings from the collection of Mr Jørgen Birkedal Hartmann.
Over the years, Paolo Antonacci has forged strong relationships with many national and international collectors, scholars and museum curators. He has sold important pictures to the major Roman museums like the Museo di Roma, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, the Musei Vaticani, the Museo del Corso, the American Academy of Rome, the Sovrintendenza per il Polo Museale Fiorentino in Florence and to many others significant institutions and private collections. In March 2014 the gallery had the privilege to participate at the TEFAF Maastricht and in June 2014, as usual, at the Masterpiece London.
- Rome, 1895
The Rape of Europa
Oil on canvas
86 x 120 cm
Signed twice bottom left: Fran Podesti 1852
- Teramo, 1948
The Battle of Hermada, 23 May 1917
Oil on canvas
overall dimensions 147 x 69 cm
- Brescia, 1918
OIl on canvas
73 x 190,5 cm
Signed bottom right: FMola / dal vero
- Florence, 1956
Oriental Dancing Girl
Ink and tempera on paper
1115 x 1705 mm