Rubens, Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria, 1606, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Antwerp and Genoa share a similar history as important trade centres in the early modern period. The Rubenianum organizes a symposium on September 20th about the artistic connections between Antwerp and Genoa in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

A select number of specialists will present papers on the many connections between the harbour cities, including an active art trade, Genoese patronage of Flemish artists in both Genoa and Antwerp, and cross-pollination between Flemish and Genoese artists, of which the Genoese sojourns of Rubens and Van Dyck are without doubt the best-known examples.

9h00: Registration and coffee
9h30: Welcome and introduction by Lieneke Nijkamp (Rubenianum) and Emiliano Manzillo (La Dante di Anversa)

Session 1

Chair: Christopher Brown, The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

9h45: Maria Clelia Galassi, Università degli Studi di Genova, The Presence of Antwerp Painters and their Works in Genoa before the Age of Rubens
10h15: Anna Orlando, Independent Scholar, Guilliam van Deynen in Genoa before Rubens and the De Waels: the Beginning of a Flemish Court Painter’s Career in a Republican European Capital

10h45: Coffee

11h15: Giorgio Tosco, European University Institute, Economic Relations between Genoa and Antwerp in the 17th Century
11h45: Ivo Raband, University of Hamburg, Trade and Triumph: The Genoese Nation in Antwerp's Joyous Entries
12h15: Rieke van Leeuwen, RKD - Netherlands Institute for Art History, Gerson Digital: Italy

12h30: Lunch

Session 2

Chair: Francesca Cappelletti, Università degli Studi di Ferrara

14h00: Piero Boccardo, Musei di Strada Nuova, Genoa, I Ritratti di Genovesi di Rubens: Contesto e Aggiornamenti
14h30: Timothy J. Standring, Denver Art Museum, Acting Flemish in Genoa: The Commercial Affairs of Giovanni Benedetto and Salvatore Castiglione
15h00: Coffee

Keynote Lecture
15h30: Bert Meijer, Rubens and 17th Century Florence

Book Presentation
16h20: Alison Stoesser, Van Dyck’s Hosts in Genoa: Lucas and Cornelis de Wael’s Lives, Business Activities and Works
16h45: Katlijne Van der Stighelen, KU Leuven, Pictura Nova: Current State of Affairs

Musical Performance (20-30 min)
17h00: Le Note Barocche dei Maestri Graziano Moretto e Karel Schoofs
Participation in the symposium costs € 40 p.p. (sandwich lunch and coffee breaks included).
 Student rate and rate for members of Dante Alighieri di Anversa: € 25 p.p.


The event is co-organized with La Dante di Anversa and also made possible through the generous support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Brussels.