DEPARTMENT OF ANCIENT ART
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 ranges are always available in our office and can be purchased off-auction. All lots with a maximum estimate of €1,500 or more are checked through the Art Loss Register database.
An art historian and university lecturer with teaching experience at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, University of Rome Tor Vergata, University of Rome La Sapienza, and LUISS Business School in Rome, Luca Bortolotti is a specialist in the ancient art market, an expertise put to good use by collaborating, from 2007 to the present, as an expert on ancient paintings for important Italian and foreign auction houses.
In his studies he has dealt mainly with 16th- and 17th-century painting, genre painting, critical theory and historiographical methodology.
Among his writings: Still Life. History, Artists, Works, Florence 2003; Time Displayed; Movement, Action and Narrative in Classical Representation, in "En blanc et noir," Rome 2008; But It's the Seventeenth Century! Authorial, qualitative, cultural constraints: physiology and paradoxes of the market (and value) of ancient art, in "Constraints," Milan 2009; The Experience of Visual Art. The (mental) spaces of attention, interaction and appreciation in comparison with figurative texts, in "Physical space, lived space," edited by M. Di Monte and M. Rotili, Milan 2010, pp. 99-122; Art exhibitions as experience and as critical discourse, in "Things," edited by M. Rotili and M. Tedeschini, Mimesis, Milan 2013, pp. 57-68.