Perfect combination of harsh reality of nature and stylization
by Bruno Cosignani
Bruno Cosignani established a name for himself in the world of art as early as 1973, when he started his first art gallery in the Versilia, the Galleria Internazionale of Viareggio (LU). Cosignani started the gallery “Il Mercadante” of Levanto, just around the corner from Cinque Terre. In 2003, Cosignani started the Galleria Nazionale in 2003 in the ancient Etruscan town of Cortona. The gallery is housed within the Palazzo Alticozzi and is run by his son Gianmaria. Cortona is internationally renowned for its artistic and cultural heritage and the gallery is located on Via Nazionale, the main street of the town. This is the third art gallery established by the Cosignani family after those located in Viareggio, Versilia and Levanto, in the Cinque Terre area.
The Palazzo Alticozzi owes its name to the Alticozzi family. In the 15th century, the family altered the medieval layout of the building by consolidating previous dwellings. The current façade dates back to the first half of the 16th century. The coat of arms appearing on the façade depicts ox heads and attests to the noble status of the ancient lineage of the Alticozzi family (the lineage has since died out). The gallery is housed within the area opening out onto the street, which was anciently taken up by the loggia. The inner rooms were used as state rooms, which have been recently restored to retain the original liberty frescoes. These ancient walls now house the beautiful works collected over many years by the Cosignani family.