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Portrait of Giovanni Luca Durazzo


Jacob Ferdinand Voet (Antwerp, 1639 – Paris, 1689)
Portrait of Giovanni Luca Durazzo
oil on canvas,1669-70
The Yellow Room

Giovanni Luca Durazzo played a crucial part in the purchase of the palace on Via Balbi by his brother Eugenio in 1679. Among his various assignments for the Republic of Genoa, Giovanni Luca served for the second time in 1669–70 as ambassador to the papal court, and it was most probably during this stay in Rome that the extraordinary work was painted by the Flemish artist, one of the greatest portrait painters of the Roman nobility in the second half of the 17th century. In accordance with the dictates of the late Louis XIV fashion, the Genoese patrician wears an elaborate cravat of Venetian lace, a black coat embellished with an elegant lace fringe and a voluminous wig of brown curls. The subject’s penetrating gaze and vivid expression verging on a smile as well as the artist’s sophisticated technique all make this of the finest portraits in the museum’s collection.

  • Jacob Ferdinad Voet
  • olio su tela, 1675-1685
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  • Salottino Giallo