Our journey begins in Piedmont, where around 1500 the brothers Aimo and Balzarino Volpi started painting. Aimo and Balzarino were the brother-in-law of the painter Martino Spanzotti (circa 1455-1528), whose Casale Monferrato workshop they both worked in between 1498 and 1502. This triptych of a scene of crucifixion with the Blessed Virgin, the Apostle John and other saints, which was originally intended for the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Casale.

blog.php-151 AIMO VOLPI (Casale, active 1491-1524) and BALZARINI VOLPI (Casale, active 1493-1555) - triptych with crucifixion and saints, oil / wood

Nei campi ("On the Fields") by Niccolo 'Cannici takes us from the 16th to the 19th century. Cannici, who came from a family of painters, was enchanted bu the life of peasants in his Tuscan home.

In Rome, Giovanni Baglione, circa 1600, dedicated his works to Christian subjects and carried out commissioned work for various popes. In this piece, he has depicted a musing Maria Magdalena looking at a human skull in semi-darkness.

blog.php-152 NICCOLO 'CANNICI (1846 Florence 1906) - Nei campi, oil / canvas

In Naples, an 18th-century painter conjured up this gallant scene on canvas. The creator of this 18th century Naples scene is Giuseppe Bonito (1707 Castellammare di Stabia - 1789 Naples.) He was a portraitist to the court of Naples. The clothing the subject is wearing suggests the image was created by Bonito in the late 1770s-80s.

blog.php-153 GIOVANNI BAGLIONE (um 1566/1568 Rom 1643) - Maddalena, oil / canvas

Alessandro Longhi was born in Venice in 1733, the son of well-known painter Pietro Longhi. While his father gained notoriety for his wildlife works, Alessandro became a talented painter of the city on water.

blog.php-154 Neapolitan painter - Galante scene, oil / canvas

Ambrosius Benson was a Lombard painter of the early Renaissance. He spent half of his life in Bruges, where he was a member of the painters' guild. This bust portraits of an unclothed lady most likely was painted shortly after Benson's arrival in Flanders, whereupon oak slats on the back of the canvas would close. It was probably originally a portrait of a Christian-mythological figure like Salomé or Lucretia. However, some anonymous person tried to declare it as Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, as a handwritten note on the back indicates.

blog.php-155 ALESSANDRO LONGHI (1733 Venice 1813) - Portrait of a lady with ermine, oil / canvas

blog.php-156 AMBROSIUS BENSON (1495/1500 Lombardy - 1550 Bruges) - Female figure, oil / canvas, 1520

The Old Masters and 19th century paintings will take place on 29th November at Wannenes in Genoa. The auction exhibition will be open from 24th to 27th November. On 28th November, jewellery and watches auctions will take place. Check out more here.