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Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, called il Grechetto (Genoa, 1609 - Mantua, 1664)
Oil on canvas, 239 x 271 cm
Second noble floor, Salon (inv. no. GNPS 7)
Located in the picture gallery of the hall on the second “noble” floor of the building, as part of the renovation and decorative renewal commissioned by Maddalena Doria Spinola in 1734, the painting is fruit of the relationship of Ansaldo Pallavicino with the painter he admired most and from whom in 1652 he purchased a large group of works including the canvas that had originally been placed on the opposite wall. The entry of the animals into the ark was donated by Giacomo Spinola to the Accademia Ligustica, where it is still preserved. Circe, also the result of a purchase by Ansaldo, is still included in the picture gallery on the second “noble” floor, while a second canvas with this subject has remained in the estate of the Spinola villa in San Michele di Pagana which was donated by Paolo and Franco Spinola in 1958 to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.