Van Dyck and Genoa in a major exhibition – Genoa
Antoon Van Dyck, Portrait of Ansaldo Pallavicino about 1625. National Gallery of Palazzo Spinola
Fifty works, including paintings, drawings and engravings, open their eyes to a unique season, in which the Superba was a melting pot of cultures, a crossroads of trade, a meeting place for artists and knowledge.
Eight paintings by Van Dyck from museums and private collections, including paintings never exhibited to the public as Portrait of Admiral Ambrogio Spinola and La Ninfa and the Satyr created in collaboration with Jan Roos. Around them are the works of Flemish and Italian colleagues who shared the master's Genoese years: Cornelis de Wael, Jans Wildens, Guilliam Van Deynen, Jan Roos, Giacomo Legi, Vincenzo Malò.
In the ancient Palazzo della Meridiana, the heart of the museum complex of Strada Nuova, the atmosphere of seventeenth-century Genoa in which Van Dyck arrives just over twenty from Antwerp. Targeted sections tell the activities of the Flemish artists already settled in the city and the ateliers in which local and foreign painters collaborate on the same canvas, giving birth to a new language: the so-called Flemish-Genoese style .
Daily scenes, landscapes, naval or land battles document the new genre painting, which increasingly frees itself from the client to enter an unprecedented free market, on the recent North European model. In this panorama stand out the compositions of still lifes to which an entire section is dedicated: in the center a jewel of the Musei di Strada Nuova as Vertumnus and Pomona .
And finally, two high-intensity chapters that closely analyze the search for the great Flemish: "Sacred Passions", built around the magnificent Crucifix of the Royal Palace Museum, but above all a slew of extraordinary portraits the genre for which Van Dyck became famous in the courts of all Europe: not to be missed, The Jeweler Puccio with his son and the Ansaldo Pallavicino of the Gallery Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola, where the Antwerp master shows all his ability to capture the delicate expressiveness of children.
Edited by Anna Orlando Van Dyck and his Flemish friends in Genoa 1600-1640 will be open at Palazzo della Meridiana until 10 June.
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