Department of Ancient Art

Selling and buying ancient works of art at auction or by private treaty (private rooms) - Free appraisals - Expertise and technical-scientific analysis of works of art from the 14th to the first half of the 19th century.


Directed by Luca Bortolotti, the department deals with paintings, sculptures, drawings and objects of applied art executed between the fourteenth and the first half of the nineteenth century.

The department's primary task is the study, cataloguing, evaluation and placement on the Italian and foreign markets of works on account of sale, intended for the enchanting trade and private negotiation (the latter reserved for pieces of particular historical, artistic and economic value).

At the same time, the department deals with the drafting of expertise of paintings, sculptures and graphics made in the periods of its relevance and the design and production of cultural events and temporary exhibitions in partnership with public institutions and private subjects.

A selection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and works of applied art in various price brackets are always available at our premises and can be purchased at auction. All lots with a maximum estimate of € 1,500 or more are checked against the Art Loss Register database.

An art historian and university lecturer with teaching experience at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, the University of Rome Tor Vergata, the University of Rome La Sapienza, the LUISS Business School of Rome, Luca Bortolotti is a specialist in the antique art market, a skill put to good use by collaborating, from 2007 to the present, as an expert in antique paintings for important Italian and foreign auction houses.
In his studies he has mainly dealt with 16th and 17th century painting, genre painting, theory of criticism and historiographic methodology.
Among his writings: Still Life. Storia, artisti, opere, Firenze 2003; Tempo visualizzato; Movimento, azione e racconto nella rappresentazione classica, in "En blanc et noir", Rome 2008; Ma è del Seicento! Authorial, qualitative, cultural constraints: physiology and paradoxes of the market (and value) of ancient art, in "Vincoli", Milan 2009; L'esperienza dell'arte visiva. Gli spazi (mentali) dell'attenzione, dell'interazione e dell'apprezzamento nel confronto coi testi figurativi, in "Spazio fisico, spazio vissuto", edited by M. Di Monte and M. Rotili, Milan 2010, pp. 99-122; Le mostre d'arte come esperienza e come discorso critico, in "Cose", edited by M. Rotili and M. Tedeschini, Mimesis, Milan 2013, pp. 57-68.



Luca Bortolotti

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