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date: 17 October 2019

Doria familylocked

  • Lorenza Rossi,
  • Matilde Fassio,
  • Piero Boccardo,
  • Maria Sica
  •  and Giuseppe Pinna


Italian family of patricians, soldiers, seamen, patrons and collectors. First documented in 1089, the family resided initially in Genoa and became prominent in its government. From the start Doria art patronage had a strong element of self-celebration, evident from the inscriptions in the family church of S Matteo (founded 1125; rebuilt 1278).

Among the Doria family’s many branches, the Doria of Dolceacqua, in the province of Imperia, counted among its members the renowned seaman-statesman (1) Andrea I Doria, who built the Palazzo Doria (now Palazzo Doria–Pamphili) in Fassolo, west of Genoa. With the advent of the Counter-Reformation, the Doria family played an active role in promoting the establishment of reformed religious orders in Genoa. In 1583 Nicolò Doria (1539–94) founded the monastery of S Anna for the Barefoot Carmelites, while (2) Giovanni Andrea I Doria and his wife Zenobia del Carretto sponsored the installation of the Trinitarians in the church of S Benedetto (...

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Dizionario biografico degli italiani (Rome, 1960–)