Located in the heart of the Olde Naples’ Third Street South shopping district, Antinori Gallery represents an exceptional group of Old Masters, as well as select contemporary Italian and American artists. Antinori Gallery always welcomes its customers with their famous family wines from Italy and delights in spirited discussions about painting in general and the specific works of art hanging on the walls of the gallery’s bright and spacious showroom.
Location. Antinori Gallery is on the ground floor of the 3-story office building located at the corner of Third Street South and Thirteenth Avenue South. Its handsome front doors are mere steps from Tony’s Off Third and the Ridgway Bar and Grill. Tony’s Off Third is a wine and pastry shop, and more. At Tony’s, owners Tony Ridgway – executive chef of the adjacent Ridgway Bar & Grill — and Sukie Honeycutt – wine expert and operations manager – offer specialty foods and wines to retail customers who expect the best. The shop has been open for more than 20 years, and has earned kudos from Florida Trend Magazine as “one of the best, if not the best wine shop in the country.”
Facilities. The gallery’s physical address is Suite 103A at 1300 Third Street South. It boasts floor-to-ceiling storefront windows that invite bountiful southwest Florida sunlight into the gallery winter or summer. Ferrari-red canvas awnings shade the interior from heat and glare, but the organic light shows off the Mediterranean-motif impressionist works to perfection as most were painted en plein air and show best in natural light. There is an alcove off the main exhibition space that allows for the proper display of realist pieces and provides a comfortable sitting environment for discussing artists and their works and more philosophical queries.
Genres and Media. The gallery primarily represents contemporary Italian and American artists who bring unique passion to their craft. Genres trend toward impressionist and realist works in oil and acylic, and motifs include portraiture, figures, landscapes and still lifes. While gallerists German and Clorinda Sorzana do not counsel their artists on matters of technique, they do mentor them regarding subject matter. “Over time, we’ve developed insight about what will sell or advance an artist’s career,” German says.
Hours. During season, the gallery is often open until 10 p.m. During the summer months, it is best to call ahead for an appointment.
Telephone Number and Website. You can reach the gallery by telephone at 239-649-7075. The gallery does not maintain a website. “We owe a duty of trust to our artists,” German maintains. “We don’t like to post or release images or photographs of works that can be copied. Not just the images, but the colors, subject matter and concept.”
Owners. The gallery is owned by German R. and Clorinda Antinori Sorzana. A native of Buenos Aires, German is an artist himself (although exclusively for his own pleasure), which gives him an understanding of the issues and challenges faced by the artists the gallery represents. Clorinda is from Italy and claims noble Florentine ancestry. Both German and Clorinda travel extensively, ever widening their circle of contacts among emerging and mid-career artists and beginning to seasoned collectors.