Galleria Ca’ d’Oro was established in 1970 in Rome by Antonio Porcella, 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 ofrecognized 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 and is located on the historic Via del Babuino. Antonio remains active in the art world and is a current member of the de Chirico Foundation in Rome.
Gloria Porcella, Antonio’s daughter and fourth generation Porcella to work in the art business, began working alongside her father in Galleria Ca’ d’Oro Rome twenty years ago and also began managing the gallery’s daily operations. 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 coordinate “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 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 the Galleria has grown even further by opening its doors in Chelsea, New York City, the capital of the Art-World.
In 2013 and 2014, the gallery participated in distinguished Art Fairs such as Context-Art Miami, Scope New York, Art Wynwood Miami and Art Southampton. The same year, the Galleria successfully reintroduced eight giant red snails in Central Park and Columbus Circle, New York. The installation’s popularity demonstrated once again the international prestige and acclaim of the gallery in the United States.
Gloria Porcella was born and raised in Rome, studied at San Diego State University and has since devoted her life to art. She has served as a Councilor for the city of Rome where she was responsible for the Cultural Commission, was Head of the Culture Center in Rome and worked with Italy’s Environmental Minister. Over the years, Gloria has curated a great many exhibitions including a tribute 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. She is the curator in Europe for the art of Giorgio de Chirico and for American artist Seward Johnson. With her business partner Lamberto Petrecca, and the help of Architect Silvia Zamarion Gloria has curated important exhibitions in Italy and in the United States, including “Omaggio a de Chirico” in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, which had sponsorship of the UN and patronage of Italian and foreign Institutions; and the sensational first installation of the REgeneration Art Project in Syracuse, Italy during the G8 Environmental Summit.
Gloria leads Galleria Ca’ d’Oro, one of Rome’s best known contemporary art galleries, located in located in Via del Babuino just a minute away from the Spanish Steps. It was established in 1970 by her father, Antonio Porcella, son of Amadore Porcella, one of the most important art critics of the period and grandson of Alpinolo Porcella, personal friend of great Italian Masters such as Filippo de Pisis and Giorgio de Chirico. Antonio Porcella is a current member of the de Chirico Foundation in Rome.
In December 2010, during ArtBasel Miami, the Galleria Ca’ d’Oro Miami opened its doors at 135 San Lorenzo Avenue in Coral Gables with the placement of the unforgettable pink snails, extending the REgeneration Art Project to the United States. Today the gallery is located in the Design District at 4141Ne 2nd Ave where it continues to bring its experience and expertise to the US, promoting Italian and European art with passion and enthusiasm.
Gloria expanded the Gallery to include a New York location in September 2015 in Chelsea.