The closing of the circle. Over a century of history of the Galleria Russo.

curated by Francesca Romana Morelli

The result of more than six years of research and work, this volume recounts more than a century of the history of Galleria Russo, beginning with the first location of the gallery founded at the end of the 19th century on Via del Babuino by Pasquale Addeo, great-grandfather of the current owner, Fabrizio Russo: a history intertwined with the flow of the country’s events, from the post-unification era, when Italy had to give itself a face as a European nation, to the present time.

Through the meticulous reconstruction of the activity of four generations of gallery owners, Francesca Romana Morelli recounts a cross-section of Italian life and art history featuring the most important artists of the 19th and 20th centuries in Italy who have passed through the rooms of the gallery’s various venues. From the best-known names of the 19th century – including, among others, Antonio Mancini, Francesco Paolo Michetti, Giovanni Boldini, the Macchiaioli, proposed by Pasquale Addeo in the gallery on Via del Babuino – to the opening on the international market (Franco Russo), from the great Italian painting of the postwar period, represented by Giorgio de Chirico, who for long years would be united by an exclusive contract with Ettore and Antonio Russo; to the continuous research carried out by Salvatore Russo (with exhibitions dedicated to Fausto Pirandello, Franco Gentilini, Renato Guttuso, Ennio Morlotti, Carlo Levi) and then continued by his son Fabrizio, who in recent years successfully continues to delve into the great names of Futurism. And so “pass” through the Russo Gallery witnesses of Italian art of the caliber of Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Gino Severini, Gerardo Dottori, Enrico Prampolini, Carlo Erba, Tato, Thayaht, Mario Sironi, Arturo Martini, Antonio Donghi, Giorgio Morandi, Afro, Felice Casorati, Adolfo Wildt, Mario Mafai, Duilio Cambellotti, Ferruccio Ferrazzi, as well as Marino Marini, Leoncillo, Mario Ceroli, Pietro Consagra, Mario Schifano, Franco Angeli, Arnaldo Pomodoro, and Giuseppe Capogrossi.

Accompanied by precious photos from family and period archives, documents, an extensive and in-depth registry devoted to his collaboration with de Chirico, more than five hundred images and one hundred and twenty color plates, in the volume’s four hundred pages or more, more than a century of art market history in Italy is traced and reconstructed.