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Palazzo di Francesco Grimaldi (Palazzo Spinola)

Galleria degli Specchi (photo CA Alessi)

Immersed in the heart of the historic center of Genoa, Palazzo Spinola di Pellicceria shows us how the Palazzi dei Rolli are not only overlooking the triumphal Strada Nuova, but are present throughout the fabric of the city, with their heritage of art and history.

Built at the end of the sixteenth century by Francesco Grimaldi, the palace was the home of four very important families of the city: the Grimaldi, the Pallavicino, the Doria and finally the Spinola; the last heirs of the family, Paolo and Franco Spinola, donated the palace and all its collections to the State in 1958, making one of the most important historical picture galleries in the city available to everyone, which allows you to immerse yourself in that refined and precious that connoted the taste of the Superba's nobility.

The two main floors preserve the extraordinary artistic heritage that has stratified over time in the building, thanks to the patronage and impeccable taste of its owners, who involved important artists such as Lazzaro Tavarone, Sebastiano Galeotti and Lorenzo De Ferrari in the decoration.

On the first floor we rediscover the seventeenth-century aspect linked to the Grimaldis and the Pallavicinos, the second floor takes us to the eighteenth century, when Maddalena Doria Spinola renovated the palace: she brought in mirrors from Paris, hung the paintings as they are mostly still arranged today and characterizes the plan with his personal taste; the renovated facade gives the building a Rococo appearance, the refined style of the European eighteenth century. A journey among frescoes, decorations, furnishings, enriched by the possibility of discovering unexpected environments, such as the historic nineteenth-century kitchens or the small but very elegant Gallery of Mirrors created by Lorenzo De Ferrari for Maddalena.

Antonello da Messina, Rubens, Van Dyck, Strozzi, Guido Reni, Grechetto, Filippo Parodi are among the artists present in the collection still located in the rooms.

The top two floors of the building contain the National Gallery of Liguria with paintings, sculptures, ceramics and furnishings which have been added more recently thanks to donations or purchases from the Italian State.

To find out more about the Palace's collections and for all information for the visit, here is the link to the official website:

To approfondire the history of the Palazzo, ecco il link alla cheda sul site Rolli e Strade Nuove:

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