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Canceled–A Superb Baroque: Art in Genoa, 1600–1750

Upcoming Exhibition

September 26, 2021 – January 9, 2022
West Building, Main Floor

Due to multiple factors related to the worsening COVID-19 crisis, the National Gallery of Art must cancel our presentation of the exhibition, scheduled for September 26, 2021–January 9, 2022. We are deeply disappointed that the exhibition will not be shown in Washington.

The pandemic has created a number of complications and a level of uncertainty that would compromise our ability to present this highly anticipated exhibition in a manner that meets the expectations of our audiences and adequately tells the story of this important place and period in history. With only weeks before the exhibition was scheduled to open, we were confronted with multiple pandemic-induced challenges. These included uncertainties over international shipping restrictions, the possibility of audience limitations if the pandemic continues to escalate, and concerns over the health and safety of our staff managing an intense installation in close quarters, among other issues.

A Superb Baroque presents the grandeur of 17th-century Genoa on a scope and scale unprecedented in the United States. Five centuries ago trade and banking transformed the Mediterranean port city of Genoa into a cosmopolitan center of wealth and culture. The newly rich, eager to display their prosperity, invested in constructing and decorating churches, chapels, and palaces. Attracted by lucrative commissions, Rubens, Van Dyck, and other leading painters across Europe swarmed to Genoa. There, they joined local artists in utilizing the opulent baroque style to create the splendid paintings, sculptures, and works on paper seen in this exhibition.

Selected Works

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, with special cooperation from the City and Museums of Genoa.

The exhibition is curated by Jonathan Bober, Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Art; Piero Boccardo, Superintendent of the City Collections of Genoa; and Franco Boggero, director, historic and artistic heritage section, Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio, Genoa.

Other venues
Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, March 4–June 19, 2022

The exhibition is made possible by the Robert Lehman Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Admission is always free and passes are not required.

Banner detail: Gregorio De Ferrari, The Death of Saint Scholastica, c. 1700, oil on canvas, Museo Diocesano, Genoa, on deposit from the Abbazia di Santo Stefano. Photo by Luigino Visconti