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Palazzo Bianco, Genoa

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Palazzo Bianco is one of the main buildings of the center of Genoa, Italy. It is situated at 11, via Garibaldi (known at one time as Strada Nuova, and before that, Via Aurea).It contains the Gallery of the White Palace, one of the greater city art galleries, and together with those of its neighbors Palazzo Rosso and Palazzo Doria Tursi, it forms part of a cluster of museums at that end of the street.HistoryConstructed between 1530 and 1540 by Luca Grimaldi, a member of one of the most important Genoese families, in 1658 the palace passed into the possession of the De Franchi family, and in 1711 it was given by Federico De Franchi, its inheritor, to Maria Durazzo Brignole-Sale, his main creditor.The new owners, between 1714 and 1716, carried out a decisive restoration of the building, adapting it to the tastes of the age. It subsequently earned the name White for the clear color of its exterior decoration.In 1899, Maria Brignole Sale, the Duchess of Galliera and the last member of the family, divested the palace to become municipal property and thus destined it to become a public gallery.The gallery"For the formation of a public gallery": with these words, in her testament of 1884, the Duchess dedicated the Gallery of the Palace as a public space, with the intention to increase its collection yet further. This constituted the first nucleus of the civic museum.
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  • This palazzo also called Grimaldi Palace is especially interesting for its beautiful Gallery of Flemish and Dutch painter
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  • It is part of the Museum system of the Rolli (nobliari palaces where the Republic hosted the illustrious visitors). It is now a Museum, whose construction was designed by a great architect Franco Albini (beautiful leather armchairs and metal). My favorite works? La Maddalena by Canova and the blessing Christ by Hans Memmling
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  • In my opinion this is not the most beautiful palaces of via Garibaldi. It has a nice garden, and it has a very rich collection of paintings, religious for the most part. It only is however almost not furnished. Interesting detail: it is connected to the Palace Tursi (in my most beautiful sense) by a glass bridge overlooking archaeological remains. So we move directly from one Palace to another without return to the streets.
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  • Bad attitude of staff. Visitors are not allow to go to the bathroom before you buy the ticket if not the male staff will follow you until to the ladies bathroom and stop you. At least it happens on me and my friend. Then he will open the door and imply to leave when he don't understand your explanation. I believe that a museum is a public space and he has no right to do this.
  • Paintings are nice but no air con. Avoid in the summer!
  • Hugely beautiful...full of wonderful paintings...it shows to you how rich the Republic of Genova had been on 15th, 16th, 17th centuries
  • Too expensive, museum with a bit of everything.
  • Hidden treasure

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