Plenary Session Venue
Aula Magna Storica, Via Balbi 5
The palace was built around 1634 and 1636 as a Jesuit’s college, designed by Bartolomeo Bianco. It is one of the brightest example of Genoese baroque and it became the University seat in 1775. The palace lays its foundations on a steep hill which strongly affected its design and construction; in particular, this fact gave birth to peculiar spatial solutions. The large courtyard designed at the end of the 18th century as a sequence of terraces serves this purpose still toady. The palace harbors various rooms artworks of remarkable historical interest. The monumental atrium is flanked by two gigantic marble lions sculpted by Domenico Parodi at the beginning of the 18th century. The “Cabella” room and the university chapel still show their original decorations.
The Conference Plenary Lecture will take place in the Historical Auditorium (Aula Magna Storica) located at the first floor of the palace overlooking Via Balbi street. This place was originally intended to practice spiritual exercises. The entire surface of the room walls and vault was decorated between 1683 and 1684 by Giovanni Andrea Carlone, already famous for his paintings in the Gesù Church in Rome. The wall decorations are perfectly conserved; however, the vault was totally shattered by the Piedmontese army bombing aiming at crushing the Genoa uprising in 1849 and, for this reason, the vault was re-painted to replace Carlone artwork by the Italian artist Francesco Menzio.