The passion for collecting has been the leitmotif which crosses and still nourishes the history of the antiquarian gallery “Il Mascherone”.
The founder Francesco Di Trapani, in 1992 has opened his own space, in the heart of Palermo at the aim to host art experts, simple amateurs, thus making available his skills as connoisseur with refined taste, fascinated by the historical and documentary value of artifacts of antiques.
Sacred art artifacts, pure gold wood, important seventeenth-century paintings and fine furniture antiques as well as the fond for Sicilian majolica mark the history of the gallery, which since the beginning to present time, opts for fine antiques.
The research, driven by a boundless passion, of the beauty of the particular as well as the history of a object which tells of an entire era, the care and the importance given to the accuracy in the choice of each single piece exhibited,has become over time a distinctive feature of Il Mascherone.
Today, the passion for the ancient is enriched with new contaminations to give life to a space in which antiques, art, history meet the exploration and the research of new codes.
Laura Francesca Di Trapani (daughter of the founder who currently runs the gallery) merges her professional knowledge as art critic and curator of family culture to create a versatile space, where antiques always plays the main role, mixing up with new passions to make known to visitors.
Il Mascherone is also an elegant and important vintage costume jewelry of American and European brands, moreover, a part of the space is dedicated to small presentations and exhibitions by contemporary artists and special thematic events.
A space that today represents the meeting point and the place where the ancient and the contemporary talk together, emphasizing the belonging one in the other. Thus creating a dimension in which devote oneself to beauty as well as to reflection on aesthetic value, in a human and historical exchange.