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 with an exhibition entitled Camuccini Finelli Bienaime’ Protagonisti del classicismo a Roma nell’Ottocento. The gallery soon became a focal point for lovers of European paintings, drawings and sculpture of the late 18th to mid-19th centuries and of work by the artists of the Grand Tour.
Over the years Francesca has organised numerous exhibitions and published scholarly catalogues on Neo-Classical and early 20th century artists.
The gallery attends all of the major antique fairs, including the TEFAF in Maastricht, the Salon du Dessin in Paris, Masterpiece in London, the Biennale dell’Antiquariato in Palazzo Corsini in Florence and the Mostra Internationale dell’Antiquariato in Palazzo Venezia in Rome. Many of the pieces she has sold in the course of her career have gone to enrich to such major public collections as the National Gallery in Washington, the Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Polo Museale Fiorentino, the Museo di Capodimonte, the National Gallery in Prague, the Museo di Villa Mansi a Lucca and the Museé de Fointainebleau, in addition to numerous private collections.
Francesca is a member of the board of the Associazione Antiquari d’Italia, the Italian Antique Dealers’ Association.