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“Luciano Borzone. Pittore vivacissimo nella Genova di primo Seicento”

From 18th December 2015 to 28th February 2016 the first exposition held in Genoa devoted to Luciano Borzone

20 works most of which never shown before and coming from private and public collections.

Palazzo Lomellino pays tribute to the very lively Genoese painter who interpreted and enlivened the cultural environment of the City during the first half of the XVII century. 

From 18th December 2015 to 28th February 2016 is open to the public “Luciano Borzone. Pittore vivacissimo nella Genova di primo Seicento”, the exposition held at Palazzo Nicolosio Lomellino di Strada Nuova, via Garibaldi 7, Genoa.

For the first time twenty among the most significant paintings of Luca Borzone will be shown. Often neglected by the large public but indisputably a painter of value, Borzone’s wide and scholarly education inspired rare iconographies, not commonly dealt in visual arts.

The exposition's itinerary starts from the evocation of the local context and the sources of those images that influenced – since the beginning – the sensibility of the young Artist, and goes on presenting how Luciano Borzone dealt with sacred and secular subjects. Most belonging to private collections, the works lively show how the sacred was embodied by the Artist – a fine connoisseur of the human soul – into images thanks to his secular, imaginative inspiration, often not immediately decoded and therefore even more charming.

St Michael the Archangel by Giulio Cesare Procaccini – never shown before – hung next to a work by Gioacchino Assereto – a young man when he attended Luciano Borzone's workshop, and a magnificent canvas by Giovan Battista  Paggi – freshly restored – are among the works welcoming the public and setting the context where Borzone's inspiration took life from.

Among the paintings of Borzone lent from private collections, particular interest will rise the magnificent Denial of St Peter, two different versions of Susanna and the Elderly and a powerful Samson in the Temple, beside more canvasses of great charm.

In those years in Genoa there were numberless private clients appreciating the work of Luciano Borzone. Thanks to his lively cultural personality and his many interests – it is widely known he loved fencing, playing the theorbo, and composing verses very much – the painter established tight relations with the outstanding protagonists of the time, namely Gabriello Chiabrera, Battista Marino and Agostino Mascardi, and with prominent clients from Alberico Cybo Malaspina to Gio. Carlo Doria to Giacomo Lomellini. Therefore Luciano Borzone was an authoritative witness and an active member of the intellectual life of Genoa in the first half of the XVII century, as well as an artist relevant for the development of the local painting school.

Promoted by Associazione Palazzo Lomellino di Strada Nuova, with the technical support of Sagep Publishing House, “Luciano Borzone. Pittore vivacissimo nella Genova di primo Seicento” is the exposition edited by Anna Manzitti, art historian and research doctor at the D.I.R.A.A.S of the University of Genoa. The scholar, with specific knowledge of the painting of the XVI-XVII cent., devoted to Borzone a monographic volume recently published by Sagep.

The exposition is under the aegis of Regione Liguria authorities, the Municipality of Genoa, Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti, FAI - Fondo per l'Ambiente Italiano - Genoa delegation, and is sponsored by Compagnia di San Paolo.

Technical partners are Ciaccio Broker,  Co.Art snc of Marialuisa Carlini and  Stefano Meriana,  Sciutto srl, Studio AG,  Zi.el of Francesco Ziello.

The event is completed by an interesting suggested itinerary winding across the City and Liguria at large to discover the works Borzone scattered in the area.

The exposition, with its catalogue and fringe events taking place while the exposition is open, helps expanding the knowledge of Genoese baroque painting and strengthens the active role of Associazione Palazzo Lomellino in the cultural life of the City of Genoa

Useful information to visit the exposition

Opening time:

h 15:00 to h 18:00, from Tuesday to Friday

h. 11:00 to 18:00, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays

Closed on Mondays

It is possible to book visits for groups and guided tours while the exposition is not open to the public.


Single € 7.00;

groups and concessions € 5.00;

students € 3.50;

Combined with Strada Nuova museums € 10.00.

Keeping the entrance ticket visitors are allowed concessions to visit the Museum of the Accademia Ligustica and viceversa.

For further info and booking

+39 010 0983860 (office hours) - +39 393 8246228 (Saturdays, Sundays, holidays)

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