THE PORTRAIT OF DESIDERIO SEGNO IN GENOA: A PAINTING BY VAN DYCK IN GENOA
When I visited Genoa for the first time the great ability of this city to promote its heritage enchanted me.
I joined in the Rolli Days, but there were still a lot of museums and palaces to see, so I came back to Genoa to visit the Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola (National Gallery of Spinola Palace) and the exhibition dedicated to Anton Van Dyck.
It’s the first time The Portrait of Desiderio Segno by the Flemish painter Anton Van Dyck has been on display in Genoa. The painting on show in Genoa at Palazzo Spinola (Spinola Palace) is on loan from Liechtenstein -The Princely Collections, and is displayed together with two other paintings by Van Dyck up to February 26th 2017, in the exhibition “Van Dyck tra Genova e Palermo” (“Van Dyck between Genoa and Palermo”).
The painting has never been exhibited in Italy before, and it has been made possible thanks to the collaboration between the Genoese museum and the exhibition “Rubens e la nascita del Barocco” (“Peter Paul Rubens and the Birth of Baroque”) running at the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) of Milan (I put it on the list of the exhibitions to see in Milan), where a painting by Rubens from the collection of Genoa is on show.
An exchange that makes paintings by Anton Van Dyck dialogue with themselves, and that allows you to make a comparison with them and to better understand the great ability of this artist to paint realistic and natural portraits.
Van Dyck tra Genova e Palermo
Galleria nazionale di palazzo Spinola, Genova
10 november 2016 – 26 february 2017