- Joined Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings department in Italy in 1999
- Responsible for one of the highest prices ever paid for an Old Master Painting in Italy
- Son of the famous antique book dealer Carlo Alberto Chiesa
- Studied History of Architecture at the Polytechnic of Milan
Alberto Chiesa, Director, Sotheby’s Italy, joined Sotheby’s in 1999 as Head of the Old Master Paintings department in Milan having studied History of Architecture at the Polytechnic of Milan. After his apprenticeship in the studio of his father, the famous antique book dealer Carlo Alberto Chiesa, Mr Chiesa moved to London where he worked as a private art advisor. Just prior to joining Sotheby's in Italy, he researched and catalogued the Italian section of Sotheby's sale of Burghley House in Stamford.
In June 2001, he was responsible for achieving one of the highest prices ever paid for an Old Master Painting in Italy, L 1.534.000.000, for a "tondo" by Lorenzo di Credi, a contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci. In May 2006 he was responsible for finding and selling a cycle of three paintings by Tiepolo and two by Bambini, which set the highest auction price achieved in Italy for a work of art, €.6.1 million.