A face-to-face meeting with “I Gentiluomini di Voet”, gathered in the Gallery of the Chapel of the Royal Palace: the aim of the new exhibition open until February 27, 2022 is to offer the viewer a private conversation with the three portraits of the Flemish painter on display. “This is the first of a series of exhibitions that we want to create, starting from the paintings of our collections”, he explains Alessandra Guerrini, director of the Royal Palace. “In this particular case we have chosen the portrait of Giovan Luca Durazzo who was a very important character for the history of the Royal Palace of the painter Jacob Ferdinand Voet, in comparison with two paintings in the Galleria Spada in Rome”. Durres, in fact, was a skilled and measured politician, ambassador to Rome and Milan, for a long time sent to the court of the King of France under King Louis XIV, from where, it seems, he brought the fashion of the wig to Genoa. His younger brother Eugenio bought the building now known as the Royal Palace in 1679 thanks to his loan.
In this exhibition, Durazzo ‘meets’ two Roman nobles. “These are two paintings depicting Urbano Rocci as a pilgrim and his brother Pompeo Rocci, two works that I hope the Genoese public will appreciate “, he comments Adriana Capriotti, director of the Galleria Spada in Rome. Both were also great patrons and art lovers.
The attention to detail, from the lace of the dresses to the shells typical of the pilgrim’s clothes up to the voluminous wigs: you can fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Grand Siècle, the European age of the Sun King. All in the splendid setting of the Royal Palace, open from Wednesday to Saturday in the afternoon: access is included in the visit ticket to the Palace. A building that has nothing to envy to those of the capital. “There are many reverberations of Roman art in Genoa and Genoese art in Rome, especially in these so decorated and splendid Baroque palaces”, comments Capriotti.