The renowned Giustiniani collection, assembled in the 17th century and then dispersed, has been regrouped in this volume published for the acclaimed exhibition held in Rome and Berlin.
This book was published for the exhibition that after the initial show in the historic Palazzo Giustiniani in Rome, was then seen in Berlin at the Altes Museum. It was precisely for these rooms that the king of Prussia Frederick William, in 1815, purchased the paintings of the Giustiniani collection, the initial nucleus of what was to become the leading public collection in Berlin. The influential Giustiniani family of Genoa, in the 17th century, assembled one of the world’s greatest art collections. Besides showing over 100 absolute masterpieces by the protagonists of painting of the 1500s and 1600s – Caravaggio, of course, who was much admired by Vincenzo Giustiniani, but also Lotto, Veronese, the Carracci, Poussin and many others – the volume documents the intriguing story of the Giustiniani collection: its creation, development and dispersion in the 1800s, and the laborious reconstruction undertaken by a committee of experts.