Italian sculpture, works of art and painting from 16th to 19th century.
Walter Padovani is Vice-Chairman of the Associazione Antiquari d'Italia and owner of the eponymous Galleria d'Arte Antica in Milan's prestigious fashion district. He began his career in the antiques at Valeggio sul Mincio in 1987. He moved in 2000 to the decidedly more stimulating and international scene in Milan, a move which allowed him to shift his focus towards what had always been his preferred area of interest, namely Italian sculpture from the 16th to the 19th century. There he also developed an interest in paintings of the same period. At the same time he has been treading less customary paths which have led him to study and deal in other works of art from between the 16th century and the Neo-Classical era, such as wax figures, works in pietra dura, tortoiseshell, coral, engraved gemstones and cameos. Research focused in particular on the quality, provenance and state of conservation of the works of art and close cooperation with the academic world are the strategic guidelines on which he runs his business. Endorsed by the work of expert art historians, the most interesting and significant results of his research are published on a regular basis in the fields of both the applied arts and the figurative arts. The Galleria took up an express request formulated by John Winter in 2013 to take part in and to work with Trinity Fine Art of London, showing at the London Art Week and during the December auction season.