Art International auction house is located in Palazzo Fantuzzi, also known as Palazzo degli Elefanti (Palace of the Elephants), an historic residence in Bologna, situated in via San Vitale 23/a. It was constructed in 1517 on behalf of the senator Francesco Fantuzzi.
This building remains one of the few noble Bolognese palaces without a portico; moreover, the use of boulder instead of the traditional red brick is very distinct from the typical bolognese style.
At the extreme ends of the building, two niches containing the Fantuzzi family crest (an elephant dominated by a rock), namesake of the building, may be found. Wartime writings emerge on the façade, now restored, which indicated the anti-aircraft shelters during the Second World War.
Today the Palace houses an auction house, offices and homes, all of which communicate through a courtyard characterized by an important Baroque-style staircase full of historical sculptures of great importance and size, representing Hercules and Atlas. The latter, the work of Paolo Canali and sculptor Gabriele Brunelli, was inaugurated in 1680 as the first of its kind in Bologna and the drafts of which are kept in the Uffizi in Florence.
Art International ensures favorable conditions for purchase and the consequent sales, as well as providing free and confidential evaluation of your works of art.
Within its walls, Art International houses five departments: Modern and Contemporary, Antiquary, Design, Jewelry and High Fashion Vintage. The Modern and Contemporary Art department is perhaps the most interesting of these – it is directed by Lorenzo Raccagni, a passionate scholar and connoisseur with years of experience in the field.
The professional attention of the Art International staff concentrates itself on the sectors with the most potential for growth in art investment.
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