DEALER & DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT
Andrew Butterfield Fine Arts and Moretti Fine Art Present Masterpieces of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture
In their third collaborative exhibition, Andrew Butterfield of Andrew Butterfield Fine Arts and Fabrizio Moretti of Moretti Fine Art, will stage Masterpieces of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture on Thursday, October 20 through Friday, November 11, 2011 at Moretti Fine Art, 24 East 80th Street in New York.
The exhibition centers around three significant discoveries of the past year. A Pair of Monumental Terracotta Portrait Busts of Saint Peter and Saint Paul (circa 1660), by Domenico Giudi are perhaps the largest terracotta portrait busts currently in America. A newly discovered Madonna and Child (circa 1490), by Andrea della Robbia radiates the artist’s style, and a Lion (circa 1715), by Giovanni Battista Foggini, a favorite sculptor and architect of the Medici, animates as a model for a monument, commissioned by Parliament, to Queen Anne of England. Each of the three works is from a different period-- the Renaissance, the Baroque and the Rococo—and each perfectly exemplifies the character and the vision of its era. Together with the other works in the show they convey the unfolding of the history of art across three centuries.
Highlights from the exhibition include:
Madonna and Child by Andrea della Robbia
Lion by Giovanni Battista Foggini
Fabrizio Moretti and Andrew Butterfield met six years ago at The European Fine Art Fair, in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and realized the common interest in discovering new works, underlining the animated nature of Italian sculpture. “After the success of our previous exhibitions, we are delighted to work together on our third installation, displaying pieces of high quality. Working with a prominent scholar such as Andrew Butterfield means that these pieces are studied and appreciated for their rarity and historical significance,” explains Fabrizio Moretti. He further explains that each piece is accessible to a wide audience, fascinating the general public alongside the field’s experts.
“As ever, it is a pleasure to collaborate with Fabrizio Moretti,” says Andrew Butterfield. “We share a concentration on trying to discover and bring to the public only the very best, and today, often the very best means sculpture.”
ABOUT ANDREW BUTTERFIELD
As a scholar, Butterfield has published more than one hundred articles and books, on subjects ranging from Fra Angelico to Picasso. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and The New Republic and his research has won many prestigious awards, among them The Bernard Berenson Prize, and The Mitchell Prize for Best Book in the Visual Arts.
Butterfield was a student of Sir John Pope-Hennessy at the Institute of Fine Arts, where he received a Ph.D. in 1992. He held senior research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Harvard University and has worked in the art market since 1996. He has taught at the Institute of Fine Arts, and curated or collaborated on many gallery and museum exhibitions. He established Andrew Butterfield Fine Arts, LLC in 2005.
ABOUT FABRIZIO MORETTI
Moretti Fine Art exhibits at the most prestigious international art fairs including the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris, the Biennale dell’Antiquariato di Firenze, and The European Fine Art Fair, for which Mr. Moretti also serves on the executive committee. He also appears on Italian television as an expert on topics relating to the international art market, and has written several articles on the subject.
MASTERPIECES OF ITALIAN RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE SCULPTURE, opens at Moretti Fine Art, 24 East 80th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues, with a private preview on Wednesday, October 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The exhibition runs through Friday, November 11, 2011. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM, with special Saturday opening from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on October 22, 2011.