Francesco Maria Balbi (III)

male / Italian
art agent, ambassador, nobleman, government employee
from the noble family Balbi, through his marriage related to the equally noble Durazzo family; his father was an art collector and art dealer who bought some works by van Dyck (Turner 1996, p. 90)
Genoa 1671-01-11
Genoa 1747-01-16
He was buried in the church of San Gerolamo dei Gesuiti.
Family relationships
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Son of Francesco Maria Balbi (1669-1737); from his marriage with Clerici Durazzo he had eight children, two of whom entered the Society of Jesus and two were named Knights of the Order of Malta. His brother Costantino Balbi also held the position of Genoese doge in the two years 1738-1740.
See also
In this field, you will find references to names of groups or to the artists that made/make up groups. You may also come across references to other artists if there was/is question of collaboration without a joint name. This is the case, for instance, with artists who rendered parts of works by other artists (such as with P.P Rubens and J. Brueghel I).
Biographical information
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  • Genua
    At the age of 25 he was appointed governor of Savona (1696), protector of the Compere di San Giorgio (1705), member of the Magistrato del Sale (1706) and father of the Municipality in 1707. Around 1713, at the end of the Spanish succession war, he was among the members of the War Magistrate and the following year among the supreme trade unions; in 1718 he still held public office in the Magistrate of Jurisdiction, conservative of peace and again in the magistracy of the war. Governor of the Republic in 1727, he held the position of maritime affairs officer (1728-1730; 1732; 1735-1736) for several years. The election of the Grand Council on 20 January 1730 brought Francesco Maria Balbi to the highest office of the state: 150th Doge of the Republic. As a doge he was also invested with the related two-year position of king of Corsica. He lived in the Palazzo di Genova on the Strada Balbi, Genoa
  • Madrid (stad, Spanje) 1720 - 1723
    As ambassador of Genoa he ran into difficulty with the Spanish crown, as Genoa was not willing to extradite Cardinal Alberoni to Spain; only after much mediation by a.o. the Duke of Parma, he was only allowed to leave Spain in 1723
  • Warschau 1774
    sold paintings to the Polish King Stanislaus II August Poniatowski (Mankowski 1932, p. 182)
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Creation date: 2013-09-19; Last modified date: 2023-05-16


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