Musei di Strada Nuova, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe


The drawings collection, numerically the most considerable among the collections of the Musei di Strada Nuova, counts nearly 10,000 pieces and it is regarded as one of the most important drawings collections in Italy. Particularly relevant are the Genoese and Ligurian drawings (from the fifteenth to the twentieth century) and the Emilian ones (especially by Guercino and Guido Reni), but also the works of specific artists, such as Ottavio Leoni and Bartolomeo Pinelli. The prints collection counts circa 7,000 works, most of which from the German and Flemish areas. The first part of the collection comes from the bequest of Marcello Durazzo (1790-1848) in 1848 and consists of 1,656 sheets. Further additions were then made through the centuries. Significant are the events happening around the inheritance of the sculptor Santo Varni (1807-1885). An important addition also came in 1942 with the donation of Anselmo Foroni Lo Faro, consisting of 400 drawings from the collections of Carlo Argentieri and Pier Giulio Breschi. The main trait of this collection is the prestigious provenance of some drawings. From 1961 onwards, the Gabinetto disegni e stampe has been moved from Palazzo Bianco to the mezzanine between the first and second floor of Palazzo Rosso, and later to the top floor of the building,
where it is preserved in drawers designed by the architect Franco Albini (1905-1977) and cyclically exposed in exhibitions.


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- Boccardo, Piero. I grandi disegni italiani del Gabinetto disegni e stampe di Palazzo Rosso a Genova. Cinisello Balsamo: Silvana, 1999.