Apr 2011 - Genoa, Palazzo San Giorgio - Exhibition – Raffaele Rubattino -a Genoese shipowner and the Unification of Italy

by LiguriaGuide.com

Open until 30 April 2011, Genoa Port Authority in Palazzo San Giorgio has promoted and organised a historical-documentary exhibition as part of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy and the 200th anniversary of

Raffaele Rubattino’s birth.

The main goal of this event is to present the historical and human aspects of the life of a Genoese who played a crucial role during the Italian Risorgimento and who went down in history mainly for making available his steamships to Garibaldi for the Expedition of the Thousand and for being involved in all the most important economic and political events of his times.

Rubattino introduced steam navigation in Italy, took part in the foundation of the Ansaldo industries, and provided the first omnibus transportation service in Genoa and the first public transport connection between Genoa and Milan. The exhibition, curated by Paolo Piccione, features a series of portrait paintings and busts by – among others - Rivalta, Morelli, Troubetzkoy, Cevasco, Nicolò Barabino, Dini and Civiletti -, as well as a large number of documents, letters, pictures, posters, steamship onboard equipment, jewels, coins, and a

For the first time ever(thanks to the Tuscany Regional Department of Archaeology) the public will be able to admire Rubattino’s “treasure”, consisting of jewelry and gold coins retrieved on the wreck of one of his steamships - the “Polluce”, which was rammed and sunk in 1841 off the coast of the Elba Island.

This exhibition will also offer all visitors the opportunity to visit Palazzo San Giorgio, one of Genoa’s most important historical palaces and the symbol of the city’s historical economic power.

Further Information:
+39 010.241.2296 – 2625; rubattino@porto.genova.it

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday, from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm. Closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays. Free entrance.

If you are interested in a more in-depth guided tour, please contact the Genova Arte association on +39 338.5050017.

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