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Fabrizio Moretti, the Most British of Florentine Dealers

Published on , by Olivier Tosseri

Fabrizio Moretti, the secretary of the International Antiques Biennial in Florence, has opened a new gallery in London, where he lives. It specializes in the early Renaissance in Italy and gold backgrounds.

© Photo Thierry Bal Fabrizio Moretti, the Most British of Florentine Dealers
© Photo Thierry Bal
Florence-born Fabrizio Moretti, the most British of Italian art dealers, is always unflappable and never lets go of the silver knob on his walking stick that supports his graceful silhouette, which always fitted into perfectly cut suits. But it is his work, not his elegance, that says London. On July 1, Mr. Moretti opened a new, 800m 2 (8,611 ft 2 ) gallery stretching out over two 17th-century buildings at 12-13 Duke Street in Mayfair during London Art Week. “ Brexit may have scared off some colleagues to the continent, but it didn't change anything,” says the gallerist, who opened his first address abroad in 2004. “For the moment, London remains the world’s irreplaceable art center, both old and contemporary art. The new gallery is my most beautiful space and I want it to become a reference for museum directors, exhibition curators and high-end collectors. That’s why Letizia Treves ( editor’s note: art historian and curator of the National Gallery’s 2020 “Artemisia Gentileschi” show ) joined me for this project. London is a crossroads…
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