Alessandro Cesati

The gallery, founded in 1983 by Fiorenzo and Alessandro Cesati, specializes in European sculpture and works of art dating from the Middle Ages to 20th century and is located in the heart of Milan, a few steps from the Sforza Castle.
Drawing on a strong family tradition marked by excellence in the fields of art and music, the Alessandro Cesati gallery is nationally and internationally renowned for the careful search and selection of artworks based on the basis of quality, rarity and curiosity.

Among its clients, the gallery includes important international collectors and prestigious museums, such as the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the National Gallery in Washington and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
In addition to the brokering, buying and selling of works of art, the gallery offers its expertise in evaluations and appraisals, cataloguing, displaying, restoration and assistance for all import and export documentation.
The gallery has been participating for more than thirty years now in the most prestigious European art fairs, such as TEFAF Maastricht and the Florence International Biennial Antiques Fair.
Alessandro Cesati is a member and Councilor of the Italian Antiquarians Association.

“With a synthetic and unconventional formula, I could say that our gallery selects and presents three-dimensional ancient European art.”
Alessandro Cesati. Courtesy Alessandro Cesati, Milan

In conversation with Alessandro Cesati

What is your background?

I have a great-grandfather who took an active part in the cultural life of Milan in the early 1900s and supported artists of the caliber of Medardo Rosso, a grandfather who was an orchestral conductor and to whom I owe that “musical” sensitivity that has always accompanied me in my approach to visual art, and a father who frequented the circles of artists and merchants from an early age. And then a degree in architecture as well…

What kind of art do you deal with?

With a synthetic and unconventional formula, I could say that our gallery selects and presents three-dimensional ancient European art: the focus of our research is on European sculptures and art objects, within a rather extended time span going from the Early Middle Ages, to Renaissance and Baroque productions, up to several significant works of the first half of the 20th century.

How has the art market changed since you opened your gallery?

Many things have changed over the decades, and some of them in amazing ways, such as the advances in information and communication technology. The Internet and social networks have revolutionized many economic dynamics, including the buying and selling of works of art and, above all, the perception and enjoyment of art, leading to a radical transformation in the relationship with the public.

Are you a collector?

I am firmly convinced that all professional art dealers are basically collectors, and I am no exception to this rule. I have personally inaugurated several collections over time, always related to my favorite subjects: in particular, I have a special passion for small objects and sculptures in the most diverse materials.

How do you imagine your gallery in ten years’ time?

I dream of my gallery becoming a place where works from all eras and regions can be compared, where specific skills and knowledge related to the art world can converge, where collectors and art lovers are attracted not only by the pleasure of seeing the works in person, but also where they can meet people with whom they can discuss the meaning and cultural values of those works.

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