Artistic Relations between Antwerp and Genoa, 1550-1650

Individual visitors - Seminar

Antwerp and Genoa share a similar history as important trade centres in the early modern period. The Rubenianum was pleased to present a symposium on 20 September 2019 about the artistic connections between Antwerp and Genoa in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

A select number of specialists presented 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.


  • 9.00 Registration and coffee
  • 9.30 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

  • 9.45 Maria Clelia Galassi, Università degli Studi di Genova, The Presence of Antwerp Painters and their Works in Genoa before the Age of Rubens
  • 10.15 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

10.45 | Coffee

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

12.30 | Lunch

Session 2
Chair: Francesca Cappelletti, Università degli Studi di Ferrara

  • 14.00 Piero Boccardo, Musei di Strada Nuova, Genoa, I “Personnagi Eminenti” Genovesi Ritratti da Rubens
  • 14.30 Timothy J. Standring, Denver Art Museum, Acting Flemish in Genoa: The Commercial Affairs of Giovanni Benedetto and Salvatore Castiglione

15.00 Coffee

Keynote Lecture

  • 15.30 Bert Meijer, Rubens and 17th Century Florence

Book Presentation

  • 16.20 Alison Stoesser, Van Dyck’s Hosts in Genoa: Lucas and Cornelis de Wael’s Lives, Business Activities and Works
  • 16.45 Katlijne Van der Stighelen, KU Leuven, Pictura Nova: Current State of Affairs

Musical Performance (20-30 min)

  • 17.00 | Le Note Barocche dei Maestri Graziano Moretto e Karel Schoofs




Participation in the symposium cost € 40 p.p. (sandwich lunch and coffee breaks included).
Student rate and rate for members of Dante Alighieri di Anversa was:  € 25 p.p.

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