The life of a gallerist in the pages of a book

Every time I pass through Florence, I can’t help but stop at the Art&Libri bookshop in Via dei Fossi, one of the historical addresses in Florence for those interested in the world of antiques. Here I can browse through all the new publications, from all over the world, even the most impossible to find. In the photo I am consulting the catalog (published by Allemandi) of the collection of a friend and colleague, the eclectic Gian Enzo Sperone, a man of infinite curiosity.

In his career as a gallerist, Gian Enzo has created a bridge between the United States and Italy, introducing American Pop Art in Italy and Italian Transavanguardia in the United States. But as a collector, Gian Enzo ranges from archaeology to contemporary art, from furniture to the applied arts, demonstrating that there are no breaks but only continuity in the history of art and culture.

Gian Enzo Sperone
Gian Enzo Sperone and Carlo Orsi


Founded in 1996 by two booksellers with forty years of experience in the book trade, Alfredo Lupi and Andrea Baldinotti, and an antiques dealer, Andrea Daninos, the Art&Libri bookshop immediately took on a fundamental role in the sale and documentation of art books. Art&Libri strengthened its presence in Italy through a partnership with the antiquarian …

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