The Di Castro family has been in the world of the antiques trade in Rome for four generations.
In the 1930, Alberto Di Castro, son of Leone, a dealer himself, left his father’s business to start his own gallery, with street access on both Via del Babuino and Piazza di Spagna. The venue rapidly became popular with the most discerning public thanks to the refined quality and rigorous selection of the objects on display: furniture, sculpture, polychrome marbles, and works of art. But above all, Alberto’s gallery developed a specific profile through the pioneering and far-sighted appreciation of Roman furniture.
In the 1950s, Franco, Alberto’s son, further extended the reach of the business with his increasing interest in painting and his succesful forays into the international market, from where he brought back to Italy a remarkable number of works of art.
In 1975, the gallery closed its entrance into Via del Babuino and today has only one access: Piazza di Spagna 5.
Today Alberto Di Castro, Franco’s son , is the director of the Gallery, a favourite stop for collectors, connoisseurs, art historians, curators and dealers from all over the world who are attracted by the originality and significance of the objects.
From the entrance one cannot imagine the extension of the gallery they find here, two floors around a charming secret courtyard. Here, the Di Castro family exhibits what they love most, following their passions as collectors even before the ever-growing pressure of the market. Paintings, furniture, sculptures, mosaics, polychrome marbles, objects in precious materials and hardstones, intaglios and cameos recreate the fascinating atmosphere of a Wunderkammer.
The antiques on show vary from the Medieval to the Neoclassical period. Between porphyry columns and 18th century furniture inlaid with exotic woods made for Roman princely patrons, one can gaze upon old master paintings, vedutas, goldgrounds of the 14th and 15th centuries, bronzes, terracottas, marble specimen tables, architectural models, silver, and porcelain.
Over the years and with a precise cultural aim, the gallery has decided to conjugate trading with the highest professional art historical research, availing itself of the collaboration of the most respected authorities in each field of interest and with the organization of exhibitions and displays devoted to the rediscovery of lost works of art or to subjects crucial to the advancement of knowledge.