Galleria Ca’ d’Oro was established in 1970 in Rome by Antonio Porcella. Antonio is the son of Amadore Porcella, one of the most notable art critics of his time who wrote for L’Osservatore Romano, the newspaper of Vatican City. Amadore was also the grandson of Alpinolo Porcella, a personal friend of recognized Italian masters including Filippo de Pisis and Giorgio de Chirico. Galleria Ca’ d’Oro is viewed as one of Rome’s leading contemporary art galleries. Antonio remained active in the art world until November 2020 and was a Vice President of the de Chirico Foundation in Rome.
Antonio’s daughter and fourth-generation Porcella in the art business have begun working alongside her father in Galleria Ca’ d’Oro Rome 20 years ago, and also began managing the gallery’s daily operations.
Giorgio de Chirico and Antonio Porcella
In 2010, she realized her vision to bring the gallery to the U.S., opening in Miami with the intent to introduce more contemporary Italian art to the U.S. audience. Shortly after establishing Galleria Ca’ d’Oro Miami, she staged the highly-acclaimed exhibit, “Mona Lisa Unveiled” at Miami’s Freedom Tower, in coordination with the city of Margherita di Savoia and the Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy. Working with the world-renowned Cracking Art Group, Gloria also coordinated the worldwide tour of the “REGeneration Art Project,” first in Miami during the 2010 Art Basel Miami Beach, then at the 2011 Venice Biennale, and concluding in 2014 in Central Park in New York. She also coordinated “Homage to de Chirico” in New York, Los Angeles and Miami. And, she organized a tribute exhibit to Pope John Paul II celebrating the 25th anniversary of his papacy with the ”Madonna in Contemporary Art” at the European Parliament in Brussels and the Pantheon in Rome. Gloria was born and raised in Rome, but studied at San Diego State University before returning to Rome where she assumed an advisory position for the City of Rome’s Cultural Commission.
In September 2014, Gloria opened the third branch of the Galleria Ca’ d’Oro in New York City. In 2017, the gallery moved to its current location in Chelsea.