I am persuaded that art, in all its forms, must be an integral part of our daily life. An inspiriting and compelling background against which to set our every gesture, our every thought, our every choice. I am so convinced that I build my stands in national and international exhibitions and the displays in my gallery in Piazza di Spagna according to this vision. Discovering art, evolving in taste must be an experience that gives us strength, perspicuity and inward richness.
I believe that paintings, sculptures, works of art, must surround us, nurture us, be an active and vitalising element in our existence, in our home life. After all, this is how we Italians grew up, feeling inextricable part of a context and a civilization – a habitat and aesthetic habitus – that have left a deep imprint on the world and that still have a deal to tell.
Anywhere in Italy – but in Rome in particular – one encounters art not just in museums, but in the streets, in courtyards, in gardens, in churches, sitting outdoors at a café, and even in the entryways of palaces!
Art need not be sought out, one only needs to learn to see it.
For me, art is life. And without art, life shrinks to humdrum continuance.
Alessandra Di Castro
After taking a degree at “La Sapienza” University in Rome and graduate study at the Study Center at the Victoria and Albert in London, Alessandra Di Castro has been Director of the Museo Ebraico di Roma, and is currently chair of its Foundation.
Since January 2020 she has been President of the Associazione Antiquari d’Italia (AAI). She sits on the boards of the Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato di Firenze and of TEFAF and is consultant for Masterpiece London. In 2019 she received the Iris Award of Bard Graduate Center New York as outstanding dealer.
Over the years she has sold works of art to museums including, among others, the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum, the Gallerie degli Uffizi.