Super Baroque: Art in Genoa from Rubens to Magnasco at Rome’s Scuderie del Quirinale

Super Baroque: Art in Genoa from Rubens to Magnasco, will be the featured art exhibition held at Scuderie del Quirinale, highlighting the golden century of Genoese art

This exhibition features 120 works of art that tell the bright parable of Genoa that spans 150 years

From her kitchen, where she is plucking a large goose, Bernardo Strozzi’s cook winks at Marquise Elena Grimaldi Cattaneo surprised by Van Dyck under a parasol supported by a Moorish servant. Not far away, Pieter Paul Rubens’ monumental portrait of thirty-year-old Giovan Carlo Doria gives a triumphant welcome to the public with the proud gaze of the “pater patriae”.

These are just some of the intense, multifaceted faces of the Genoese baroque, protagonist of the exhibition.

Super Baroque: Art in Genoa from Rubens to Magnasco, will be the featured art exhibition held at Scuderie del Quirinale, highlighting the golden century of Genoese art
Bernardo Strozzi, La cuoca, 1625 ca, Oil on canvas, 186 x 176 cm, Genova, Musei di Strada Nuova – Palazzo Rosso – ©Musei di Strada Nuova- Palazzo Rosso

A cosmopolitan and composite Baroque, like the Roman one, but compared to the latter more private, it makes room among the 120 works of the itinerary curated by Piero Boccardo, Jonathan Bober and Franco Boggero, brought to Rome from important international and private collections to tell the luminous parable of Genoa, that golden age which, from the arrival in the city of Pieter Paul Rubens, extends to the creations of Alessandro Magnasco.

The lady of the sea, “superb for men and for walls”, as Petrarch had defined Genoa, one of the most flourishing economic capitals of Europe, between the beginning of the seventeenth century and the middle of the following century lived through one of the most formidable events in artistic history. This is due to the financial but also the artistic investments of his farsighted families. It was they who assigned artistic commissions for the construction of churches, precious palaces, lively fresco cycles, paintings, silverware, and sumptuous statues of marble, silver, and terracotta.

Super Baroque: Art in Genoa from Rubens to Magnasco, will be the featured art exhibition held at Scuderie del Quirinale, highlighting the golden century of Genoese art
Giovanni Aelbosca Belga, Basin and spout representing Giovanni Grimaldi’s enterprise on the river Po, 1621 (basin) and 1622 (spout), Silver, Londra, Victoria and Albert Museum – ©Victoria and Albert Museum, Londra

The choral project, organized by the Scuderie del Quirinale and the National Gallery of Art in Washington with the special collaboration of the Municipality and the museums of Genoa, begins with the story of the political, social and economic history of the Ligurian city and culminates in its artistic history. In the flourishing Republic, talents converge with their eyes wide open to the new coming from outside. The diversity of the artistic currents in Genoa of those years, each with its own autonomy, is reflected in the varied path of the exhibition which welcomes a surprising variety of arts, from embroidery to bronze, from terracotta to marble, from silver to painting.

If marble – of which Genoa since the Middle Ages has represented a knot for trade and processing – rejoices in the Rape of Elena by the French sculptor Pierre Puget of the Sant’Agostino Museum, silver triumphs in the Immaculate Madonna by Genoese silversmith, in the Versatoio with History of Orazio Coclite by Giovanni Aelbosca Belga, while all the delicacy of terracotta is contained in Pierre Puget’s San Sebastiano.

Super Baroque: Art in Genoa from Rubens to Magnasco, will be the featured art exhibition held at Scuderie del Quirinale, highlighting the golden century of Genoese art
Antoon van Dyck, Paola Adorno Brignole-Sale, 1627, Oil on canvas, 198×286 cm, Genova, Musei di Strada Nuova- Palazzo Rosso © Musei di Strada Nuova- Palazzo Rosso
Super Baroque: Art in Genoa from Rubens to Magnasco, will be the featured art exhibition held at Scuderie del Quirinale, highlighting the golden century of Genoese art
Antoon van Dyck, Agostino Pallavicino as Pope’s Ambassador, 1621 or 1623, Oil on canvas, 141×216.2 cm, Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum © Getty’s Open Content Program

What is most striking about this exhibition with its airy, linear layout, which leaves nothing to chance, is the intense presence of pink that seem to come to life as soon as the visitor enters the rooms, from that of Paola Adorno Brignole- Salt by Van Dick, young but tragically destined to fade, like the rose that a woman holds in her hands, to the imperturbable one of Anassarco portrayed by Domenico Fiasella, or to the drunk one of Noah by Giovan Andrea De Ferrari.

Super Baroque: Art in Genoa from Rubens to Magnasco, will be the featured art exhibition held at Scuderie del Quirinale, highlighting the golden century of Genoese art
Pieter Paul Rubens, Giovan Carlo Doria, 1606, Oil on canvas, 188 x 265 cm, Genova, Galleria Nazionale della Liguria a Palazzo Spinola © Su concessione del Ministero della Cultura – Galleria Nazionale della Liguria a Palazzo Spinola

In addition to the prestige this exhibition brings for Rome from the extraordinary selection of works of art from the museums of the Municipality and the State, the Diocesan Museum and that of the Accademia Ligustica, the city of Genoa also participates in the Superbarocco project by hosting an exhibition until July 10th at Ducal Palace. The route, entitled The Shape of Wonder: Masterpieces in Genoa between 1600 and 1750, is accompanied by a series of initiatives united under the title “The Protagonists”, set up at the same time as the Palazzo Ducale exhibition in various museums and city palaces and dedicated to various artistic personalities.

For the occasion of the two “sister” exhibitions set up in Rome and Genoa, the historic Arlecchino train, a jewel of the State Railways, will connect the two cities in the name of great art.


Until July 3rd 2022

Scuderie del Quirinale

Via Ventiquattro Maggio, 16

Opening Times

Mon-Sun 10am-8pm (last entrance 7pm)

Tickets

Full € 15,00
Reduced 
€ 13,00

www.scuderiequirinale.it

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