92 Route Id. GENOA. Palazzo Balbi.
century by Tagliafico. The interior contains several good family
portraits by Van Dyck (those of two children the best), vases by
Benvenuto Cellini, etc.
Opposite to the latter (No. 4) is the Palazzo Balbi (PI. 19),
erected at the commencement of the 17th cent. , possessing a
handsome court with columns. The upper story contains a pic¬
ture-gallery (fee 1 fr.):
1st Room: Van Dyck, Equestrian figure; Bernardino Slrozzi, Joseph
interpreting the dream. — 2nd R.: Van Dyck, Madonna; Michael Angela (I),
Christ on the Mt. of Olives; Titian, Madonna with SS. Catharine and Do-
minicus. — 3rd R. : Van Dyck, Two family-portraits (the head of the eques¬
trian figure is said to be a portrait of Philip II., painted by Velasquez, in
order to save the picture from destruction, over that of Balbi, who had
meanwhile been banished). — 4th R.: Caravaggio, Conversion of St. Paul.
— 5th R. : Bassano, Fair. — 6th R. , a long gallery containing numerous
small pictures: Titian, Portrait of himself; Spagnoletto, Philosopher and
Mathematician; Memling, Crucifixion; Breughel, Temptation of St. Antony.
Farther on, to the r., is the University (PI. 54), with hand¬
some staircase (the university itself was founded in 1812),
established in a palace also erected by the Balbi family. It
contains a library, natural history museum, a small botanical
garden and a few bronzes by Giovanni da Bologna. On the 1.
is the Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale, PI. 21), erected by the
Durazzo family (accessible daily in absence of the royal family).
The interior is richly fitted up , but the antiquities and pictures
are of no great value, the finest objects in the collection having
been removed to Turin.
In an open space, farther on, rises the Statue of Columbus
(PI. 47), who was born at Cogoleto (p. 95) in 1447. The
monument, erected in 1862, stands on a pedestal adorned with
ships' prows. At the feet of the statue, which rests on an anchor,
kneels the figure of America. The monument, which consists
entirely of white marble, is surrounded by allegorical figures in
a sitting pos ure, representing Religion, Geography, Force, and
Wisdom. Between these are reliefs of scenes from the history
of Columbus, with the inscription of dedication. Opposite to
the monument is situated the Palace of Columbus, with the in¬
scription: 'Cristoforo Colombo Genovese scopre VAmerica'. —
A niche on a house (the 5th to the N. from the commencement
of the street of the harbour, p. 89) contains a small statue of
Columbus, with the inscription: 'Dissi, volli, credi, ecco un
secondo sorger nuovo dalV onde ignote mondo'.
To the W. of the railway-station is situated the *Palazzo
del Principe Doria (PI. 24) (p, 87), remodelled by Andrea Doria
(well known from Schiller's 'Fiesco'), the 'padre della patria'
(A. 1560, at the age of 95), as the long Latin inscription in
front of the edifice records.
Ariosto says of this illustrious prince in his poems : 'Questo e quel Do¬
ria, che fa dai pirati sicuro il voslro mar per tutli i lati'. The palace was
presented to him in 1522, and the restoration conducted by Montorsoli. It