Elizabeth Fitzsimmons is a third-generation dealer, who holds a bachelor’s degree in History of Art from the University of Warwick. During her study’s, her areas of interest prioritised those of Old Master Western European portraiture and aspects of the Italian Renaissance.
As part of her university studies, she lived in the heart of Venice whilst researching and studying the surrounding sixteenth-century works of art and architecture. A highlight being the fantastic fresco cycle of Villa Barbaro in Maser on the mainland of Veneto, which was commissioned by Daniele Barbaro in c.1560-61, to decorate the Palladian villa. The paintings vary in mythological forms and motifs, offering a sense of elegance and gracefulness where the great artistry skill of Paolo Veronese (1528-1588) is illuminated throughout. This wonderful opportunity ignited a passion for this period in art history and prompted Elizabeth to move to Rome shortly after graduating, where she engaged in a course at the prestigious Società Dante Alighieri. Alongside her language studies, it was imperative that she continued her personal study of the Italian Renaissance, extending her research to Mannerist and Baroque works of art and architecture.
Elizabeth has since worked closely alongside her father, Paul Fitzsimmons of Marhamchurch Antiques, with a focus on the research department, assessments and valuations. In addition to this, she has worked for the fine art gallery of Philip Mould & Company, in Pall Mall, London.
The works sold by Elizabeth Fitzsimmons Fine Art seek to convey her personal taste and passion for art and history. Spanning over 400 years, the portraiture varies in periods and schools of Western European art. It is the undefinable sense of beauty and harmony that falls upon a picture’s surface that so often becomes the allure for Elizabeth, and it is this particular quality that she wishes to convey through the works for sale at her online gallery.
“We greatly enjoyed and benefitted from having Elizabeth work for us this busy period.” – Philip Mould OBE