Van Dyck and his friends: an exhibition in Genoa's Palazzo della Meridiana

Starting tomorrow, Feb. 9, an exhibition on Van Dyck and his friends will kick off at the Palazzo della Meridiana in Genoa.

The exhibition Van Dyck and His Friends is being held in Genoa from February 9 to June 10, 2018. Flemings in Genoa 1600-1640: Fifty works by Flemish artists who had relations with Genoa in the first decades of the 17th century arrive at Palazzo della Meridiana . An exhibition to give visitors a better understanding of the period when the young Anton Van Dyck (Antwerp, 1599 - London, 1641), in his early twenties, arrived in Genoa and stayed there until 1627 with frequent travels to the rest of the Peninsula.

The exhibition, curated by Anna Orlando, will display eight of the artist’s masterpieces for the occasion, allowing visitors to address and admire his portrait art, as well as mythological and sacred themes, such as theAnsaldo Pallavicino from the National Gallery of Palazzo Spinola, the Jeweler Puccio with his son from the Strada Nuova Museums and the Portrait of Genoese Admiral Ambrogio Spinola from a private collection, which has never been exhibited to the public.

At that time many Flemish artists settled in Genoa, where they opened workshops and worked for both the well-established aristocratic class and the rising bourgeoisie. Examples include the two brothers Cornelis and Lucas de Wael. In some workshops, on the other hand, foreigners and locals worked together. To give a few examples: Vincent Malò, master of Anton Maria Vassallo, Jan Roos, pupil of Frans Snyders, collaborator of van Dyck and master of Stefano Camogli who in turn collaborated with Domenico Piola.

There will, of course, be no shortage of contextual insights: there will be space for the figures of Cornelis and Lucas de Wael, the two artists who welcomed van Dyck on his arrival; for the workshops of the artists from Flanders who settled on the shores of the Ligurian Sea; and again focus on genres, such as the “Flemish-Genovese animated still life,” to which is dedicated a special section with works by van Dyck, Roos, Camogli and Pieter Boel (and also featuring an unpublished still life by Bernardo Strozzi), or such as portraits (there will also be a masterpiece such as the Portrait of Ansaldo Pallavicino, a work by van Dyck preserved at the National Gallery of Palazzo Spinola in Genoa).

The exhibition will end with the Crucifix made by the artist, set against works by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Stefano and Alessandro Magnasco.

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Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Mondays. Tickets: Full 7 euros, reduced 5 euros.

Image: Anton Van Dyck, Holy Family and Saints Elizabeth and John (oil on canvas, 155 x 142 cm; Turin, Galleria Sabauda)

Van Dyck and his friends: an exhibition in Genoa's Palazzo della Meridiana
Van Dyck and his friends: an exhibition in Genoa's Palazzo della Meridiana

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