Founding the Italian Art Center with partner Nathalie Purchio allows Marcello Giorgi’s abiding passion for classical art and sculpture to be shared with his adopted hometown of Montreal. Developing an enriching environment for artists of diverse backgrounds is the raison d’être of the Italian Art Center. Growing up in Tuscany, Italy, the epicenter of the Renaissance, Marcello Giorgi acquired his heritage from the great masters who preceded him. The deeply-held convictions of Marcello and Nathalie regarding the importance of classical art inspired them to open a school where Italian art traditions and technical knowledge will be shared with professional artist and serious amateurs.
In addition to her deep appreciation of art, Nathalie Purchio brings the exciting and visceral aspects of wine culture to the Italian Art Center. Her approach to wine fosters discovery of the world, culture and history through this timeless libation. Purchio encourages participants to awaken their palate and experience the broad nuances of sight, smell and taste, as a prospective window into history and its rich traditions. Participants will explore the countless factors which influence the individual personality embodied in each carefully crafted wine and develop an appreciation for the subtle differences between them.
Master Sculptor in the classical figurative style
Born in 1962 in Pietrasanta, a city steeped in art, traditionally recognized for the quality of the work of its master artisans and famous for the creation of marble and bronze sculptures. Pietrasanta’s enduring artistic heritage continues to this day due to the flourishing of significant works by many of today’s most influential artists. Marcello’s love of the classical tradition defines him as a pre-eminent portrait sculptor.
Accredited member of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers.
After a career in high tech sales and having a family, Montreal-born Nathalie Purchio pursued her life- long love of good wine and spirits by obtaining, in 2014, her Canadian certification as a Professional Sommelier.