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Genoa Art Galleries: Museo Palazzo Rosso.

It is not difficult to understand how Genoa has acquired its enviable reputation as a city of art and culture, as housed within grand palaces and historical buildings Genoa is home to several masterpieces by countless celebrated artists, Italian and non. A treasure chest of historical memories, the galleries ooze the soul of the rich merchants that once called Genoa home and whose influence the entire world sailed to be part of.


Pleasant stroll from the Hotel Astoria, Genova
Pleasant stroll from the Hotel Astoria, Genova to The Museo Palazzo Rosso


Palazzo Rosso, Palazzo Bianco and Palazzo Tursi make up the three historical palaces ‘palazzi’ on Via Garibaldi on the ‘Musei di Strada Nuova.’ a magnificent Renaissance and Baroque New Road, showing the richness that the Republic of Genova once was in the 15th to 17th centuries.


Museo Palazzo Rosso (at 18 Via Garibaldi ), Museo Palazzo Bianco (at 11 Via Garibaldi), MUSEO DELL'ACCADEMIA LIGUSTICA DI BELLE ARTI Academy of Fine Arts at (4 Largo Pertini) and the GALLERIA NAZIONALE DI PALAZZO SPINOLA (at 1 Piazza Superiore di Pellicceria)


We start the Genoa art gallery series at the Museo Palazzo Bianco, just a 15 minute stroll from the Hotel Astoria This renaissance palace constructed in the mid 16th century for the Luca Grimaldi as a family home. It is a great example of the ‘Rolli district’ housing in which ‘rolli’ signifies historically registered dwellings of the noble residences of the Genoa area who had both the honour and commitment to welcome State visitors, royalty and ambassadors.


The palace is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and in itself a masterpiece with an impressive facade and gardens. After a series of new constructions after the passing of Luca, two statues of Jupiter and Janus by Pierre Franqueville (1585) are the only visible elements of the original building.

Museo Palazzo Rosso, Genoa, Flemish artist: Antoon Van Dyck
Museo Palazzo Rosso, Genoa, Flemish artist: Antoon Van Dyck


Rooms are exhibition rooms for the art collections of the 16th to 18th century masterpieces displaying paintings by Genoese, Italian and also European masters, with permanent and visiting collections.

French artists: Vouet and Lancret
Spanish artists: Zurbaran and Murillo
Flemish artists: Antoon Van Dyck, Hans Memling, Gerard David, Jean Provost and Rubens.
Italian: Caravaggio and Veronese
Genovese: Cambiaso, Strozzi, Piola and Magnasco

Permanent Collection Museo Palazzo Rosso.: ‘Ecce Homo’ Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio, 1605
Permanent Collection Museo Palazzo Rosso: ‘Ecce Homo’ Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio, 1605


To name but a few of the permanent collection:


Italian

‘Ecce Homo’

Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio, 1605


Flemish

'Venere e Marte’

Peter Paul Rubens

1632-1635

Genoese

‘Autoritratto del pittore in atto di dipingere il ritratto del padre’

Luca Cambiaso

1570


Permanent Collection at Museo Palazzo Rosso: 'Venere e Marte’ Peter Paul Rubens 1632-1635
Permanent Collection at Museo Palazzo Rosso: 'Venere e Marte’ Peter Paul Rubens 1632-1635


(While the closure of Palazzo Rosso until Sept 2022 is occurring the Palazzo Bianco temporarily has some of the paintings of the Brignole-Sale dynasty on exhibition). The interior furnishings and impressive winding staircases are lavishly decorated with a never-ending display of frescoes with aswell lit courtyard overlooking Via Garibaldi is well worth seeing. Through a passage, the visit also allows you to visit the adjacent Palazzo Tursi with its collection of coins and much more and your ticket also gives access to this adjacent Palazzo Tursi.


The Museo Palazzo Rosso (at 18 Via Garibaldi) is temporarily closed until September 2022 but the Works of art on display and rooms include, THE SALON OF VIRTÙ PATRIE: a room with fresco on the wall and tempera on canvas by Lorenzo De Ferrari (1680-1744). Virtues, symbology and cherubs are the theme of the art. This marble sculptor ‘Jupiter in the form of a swan with Helen and Pollux’ dating back to 1707 by Bernardo Schiaffino, an established Genoese sculptor depicts the mortal Leda and the Swan is a story from Greek mythology in which the God Zeus descended from the heavens in the form of a swan to seduce the mortal Leda. Standing at only 146cm in height. There are numerous decadent halls including ‘The Autumn Hall’ containing a series of religious canvases with golden lined structures on the frescoed high ceiling.



The Museo Palazzo Rosso (at 18 Via Garibaldi) is temporarily closed until September 2022
The Museo Palazzo Rosso (at 18 Via Garibaldi) is temporarily closed until September 2022


For more information visit the official web at:

https://www.museidigenova.it


 

Please ask at the reception team at The Hotel Astoria for any support you might require for your visit to the galleries or museums included in the Genova Museum Card

Where to find or contact us:


Address: Piazza Brignole 4, Genoa, Italy, 16122


Tel: +39 01 0455 6125




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