Another lavish 17th-century palace now houses a magnificent collection of art, as does its neighbor the Galleria di Palazzo Bianco . Many of the works -- including many lavish frescoes -- were commissioned or acquired by the Brignole-Sale, an aristocratic family who once lived in this red-stone palace. Van Dyck painted two members of the clan, Pauline and Anton Giulio Brignole-Sale, and their full-length portraits are among the masterpieces in the second-floor portrait galleries, whose ceilings were frescoed by Gregorio de Ferrari and Domenico Piola. La Cuoca, widely considered to be the finest work of Genovese master Bernardo Strozzi, and works by many other Italian and European masters -- Gudio Reni, Dürer, Titian, Guercino, and Veronese among them -- hang in the first-floor galleries.
- © Frommer's 2013