Fabrizio Moretti was born in Prato on 6 December 1976, son of Alfredo, a famous and highly esteemed Italian art dealer, and studied at the “F. Cicognini” classical liceo in Prato. Thanks to the trust placed in him by his father, who retired in 1993, he dedicated himself to study and research, graduating in humanities in the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Florence, and then founded, at the age of only 22, the direction of the Galleria Moretti in Florence.
Situated at the heart of Florence, between Palazzo Strozzi and Santa Maria Novella, the Galleria Moretti was open to the public, and to major public and private collectors, on 26 September 1999 with the inauguration of the exhibition From Bernardo Daddi to Giorgio Vasari and immediately distinguished itself by its specialization in Italian, and especially Tuscan, old masters.
The London seat of the gallery, Moretti Fine Art Ltd, has been opened since January 2005. It aims to be a point of reference for collectors of old masters from the 14th to the 18th century who seek a confidential and discreet approach.
Art historians of international importance have collaborated since 1999 on numerous projects published by the gallery.
Moretti is present at the most prestigious fine art exhibitions in Europe and the United States, including The European Fine Art Fair (Maastricht), Frieze Masters (London), Biennale di Palazzo Corsini (Florence).
It was thanks to Moretti’s interest that, in 2004, in collaboration with the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, the exhibition Bartolomeo di Giovanni. Allievo di Botticelli e Ghirlandaio opened at the Museo di San Marco in Florence and, in 2013, on the occasion of the re-opening of the Museo Civico di Palazzo Pretorio in Prato, the exhibition Da Donatello a Lippi. Officina Pratese was staged.
On 27 September 2004, the French Minister of Culture, Renaud Donnedieu Vabres, bestowed the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Art et des Lettres.
Mr Moretti is a member of Associazione Antiquaria d’Italia, Federazione Italiana Mercanti d’Arte, Associazione Antiquari Fiorentini, Confédération Internationale des Négociants en Oeuvres d’Art, Society of London Art Dealers and British Antiques Dealers Association. He is the only Italian and the youngest member of both the executive committee of TEFAF in Maastricht and the exhibition committee for Frieze Masters in London. From 2009 to 2014 he has been the advisor of culture to the mayor of Prato and from 2013 to 2015 he was part of the Consiglio d’Amministrazione della Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Prato.
He is appointed as the Secretary General of the Biennale dell’Antiquariato di Palazzo Corsini in Florence.
Fabrizio Moretti has relationships with both private and public institutions. This includes the significant purchase from the Galleria degli Uffizi of a panel representing the Madonna with a Blessing Child by the Maestro del Bigallo, now visible to the public. On behalf of the Polo Museale Fiorentino, with a contribution from the Ente Cassa di Risparmio of Florence, the Museo di San Marco purchased the two extremely important panels by Fra Angelico, which had come from a polyptych of that very church. One of the greatest recent acquisitions was by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles of a view of the Grand Canal by Canaletto.
In 2010 and in 2012, Mr Moretti was invited to participate in the Davos dei Beni Culturali in Florence to speak on the type of economy that rotates around cultural riches.
Over the past few years, he has been a frequent lecturer of at the Master Economia e Management dell’arte e dei Beni Culturali organised by Il Sole 24 Ore in Milan, where he illustrates the principle characteristics of the international art market.
Throughout the years, the philanthropic activity of the gallery has allowed for the publication of monographs of Italian painters, including Spinello Aretino, Carlo Dolci, and Bartolomeo della Gatta. He has also financed scholarships at the Universities of Florence and Bologna and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, and donated works of art to the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Most recently, he also sponsored the restoration of the Carmignano Visitation by Pontormo.