NEW YORK – Fabrizio Moretti has made a name for himself specialising in Italian Renaissance art with his gallery, Moretti Fine Art. And while he’s surrounded by paintings of Madonnas and saints, he’s also an avid collector of the new: Jeff Koons, Wade Guyton, Richard Prince and Gerhard Richter. That Moretti sees no contradiction between his two interests is the key to his sophisticated, very contemporary sensibility. As part of Sotheby’s ongoing Supper Club series at Soho House, Moretti will join Edoardo Roberti of Sotheby's Master Paintings department on 23 May for a conversation about masterworks, different types of collecting personalities and more. Ahead of the event, we had a minute with Moretti.
FABRIZIO MORETTI. PHOTOGRAPHS BY BRYAN DERBALLA.
If you could own any painting in the world, which would it be?
Jacopo Pontormo’s The Visitation.
What would you be doing now if you weren’t an art dealer?
I always dreamt of being a mailman. Mostly for the uniform.
Who do you most respect in the art world?
My father, Alberto Moretti, who was an art dealer.
Which artist do you think has been most overlooked?
A specific artist would be difficult to think of, but for sure the 16th-century Italian school in general.
PONTORMO,THE VISITATION, CIRCA 1528-1529. IN THE CHURCH OF SAN MICHELE ARCANGELO, CARMIGNANO.
Which artist do you think has received undeserved attention over the years?
What’s your favourite museum in New York?
The Metropolitan Musuem of Art. It has everything I have always wanted in a museum.
What’s your favourite restaurant in New York?
St. Ambroeus. And lucky for me they have opened up in Sotheby’s now, too.
What book did you last read?
Sotheby’s Old Master catalogue.
What is one thing could you not live without?
Art and adrenaline.