National Museums of Genoa - Palazzo Spinola
Palazzo Spinola is an ancient residence built at the end of the sixteenth century in the heart of the historic center of Genoa, donated to the Italian State by the Marquises Spinola in 1958 with all the heritage preserved in it so that it could become a national museum.
The two noble floors, finely frescoed, boast a precious collection of paintings , sculptures and furnishings including works by artists such as Joos van Cleve , Antoon Van Dyck , Giulio Cesare Procaccini, Luca Giordano , Guido Reni and Bernardo Strozzi .
An absolute masterpiece of the historical collection of Palazzo Spinola is the Ecce Homo by Antonello da Messina .
In addition to precious consoles , refined mirrors , doors embroidered with gold and silver thread , on the mezzanine floor you can visit an exceptional example of historic nineteenth-century cuisine .
The last two floors of the building, badly damaged by the bombings of the last war, on the instructions of the marquises, have become the seat of the Galleria Nazionale della Liguria , a space in which today works acquired over the years by the state are exhibited with the aim of documenting the wealth of art in Genoa and Liguria from the Middle Ages to the mid-twentieth century. The ever-growing collection includes works by Giovanni Pisano , Rubens , Bernardo Strozzi , Giovanni Battista Paggi and many others. In the renovated spaces of the Galleria Nazionale della Liguria there are also precious pieces of Savona ceramics , oriental porcelain and eighteenth-nineteenth-century tableware , which belonged to the Spinola marquises or entered the museum thanks to purchases, donations and deposits.
The residence is part of the "Palazzi dei Rolli" system and therefore since 2006 it has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Palazzo Spinola , with the Galleria Nazionale della Liguria that it houses, is part together with Palazzo Reale of the National Museums of Genoa , which can be visited with a single ticket , even on different days.