THREE GENERATIONS OF BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS
Over the past three generations, Tatti Art Conservation has developed strong working relationships with professionals in the various art industries ranging from art historians, analytical specialists, art handlers and movers, art storage specialists, fabricators, and foundries. Today, these relationships allow Tatti Art Conservation to provide comprehensive range services resulting in the highest level of care for works of art.
A FAMILY TRADITION
The Tatti Family has a long history of being associated with the arts. Steve, Nick, and Zach all descend from a family of artists, sculptors, conservators, architects and bronze foundryman. Alexander Tatti, Steve’s father, was the first Tatti to work in Restoration and Conservation and began his career as a foundryman and art fabricator in New York. Alexander’s brother, Benedict Tatti, was an art educator and renowned modernist in his own right, studying at the Art Students league as an apprentice to William Zorach.
The latest three generations of craftsmen only represent the most recent iteration of the Tatti family’s relationship to the arts. While Steve was training as a conservation student in Italy, he came face to face with the portrait of an ancestor hanging in a corridor in the Uffizi Museum by Tintoretto. The painting was of the famed renaissance sculptor and State Architect of Venice, Jacopo Sansovino (1486-1570). Jacopo’s original last name was Tatti, but had taken on the surname Sansovino during his apprenticeship with Andrea Sansovino. Jacopo’s work can be seen throughout Venice and his life was written about by the great Giorgio Vasari and Andrea Palladio.
Guardians of History, Protectors of Value
Throughout our combined experiences working within the arts, it can be estimated that the Tatti Art Conservation team has added thousands of year’s worth of life to pieces of art in need of care. The responsibility of a conservator to preserve and protect our cultural history is something we value above all else.
Many of the pieces we have the pleasure of working on have great historical, financial, and personal value, and we do our best to respect all of these during each treatment. Just as each piece's aesthetic is different, so is it's history.