Galleria Russo first opened in 1898 as an antique gallery in via del Babuino. Pasquale Addeo, who was the great-grandfather of the current owner Fabrizio Russo, established this gallery. Addeo’s son-in-law Franco Russo, who specialized in Old Master paintings, inherited the business. His brother Ettore would follow him. Antonio Russo, the third brother, would then introduce the new seat of the Barcaccia in Piazza di Spagna, which promptly became one of the most prestigious Italian Modern Art galleries. Many privileged relationships were established with important and well-known painters of the 20th century. One of which included Giorgio de Chirico with whom they had exclusive contact for more than twenty years. Because of the passion and devotion of Ettore and Antonio Russo, the gallery of Piazza di Spagna became a point of reference to the artistic market in Italy. The gallery exhibited the works of important Italian and international artists for more than forty years, including the seats of Via della Croce and Via della Fontanella.
Franco Russo continued to dedicate himself to the artistic world by working with Old Master paintings (Tiziano, Dosso Dossi, Caravaggio, Lega, Segantini, Bellini etc.), with particular interest in Contemporary Italian painting.
After the unexpected death of Franco Russo in 1960, the family business was continued by Salvatore, his son, who opened the prestigious seat of the Scalino in via Capo le Case. He would also open others in Salsomaggiore, Abano Terme, and Milano Marittima, with a growing interest for Contemporary Italian painting. It was not until the year 1984 when Galleria Russo would open on via Alibert, in which the twenty-year old Fabrizio Russo began to work.
After almost a hundred years of activity, the gallery returned to exhibiting on the first floor of via of Babuino 53 in 1984. Together with via Alibert 15/a, important personal and group exhibitions of Italian 20th century painting including Campigli, Guttuso, Gentilini, Sironi, Boccioni, Cambellotti, Afro and many others were being organized. After Salvatore’s passing in 2002, his son Fabrizio continued the family tradition of four generations and expanded the seat of via Alibert.
Galleria Russo is located in via Alibert 20, a few steps away from Piazza di Spagna.
We dedicate our spaces to new, promising talents that cohabit with the historical 20th century painters that by following family tradition, we continue to organize group and personal exhibitions.
Omaggio a Leo Longanesi: Fabrizio Russo, Salvatore Russo e il Presidente del Senato Giulio Andreotti
Salvatore Russo con l’allora Sindaco di Roma, Nicola Signorello ad una inaugurazione
Salvatore Russo con il Ministro di Grazia e Giustizia Claudio Martelli ad una inaugurazione
Salvatore Russo con il Ministro Pietro Campilli alla Galleria “Lo Scalino”
Ettore Russo e Salvatore Russo alla Galleria “Lo Scalino”
Fabrizio Russo, Romana Sironi