«To God excellent Massimo Here lies Giovanni Battista Spinola who, distinguished for the greatness of his virtue above even his same ancient nobility of lineage, was appointed, Duke of San Pietro in Salento by Filippo King of Spain. The homeland first proposed a fleet of triremes to him, then appointed him as ambassador to the imperial court. At the first warning of a terrible war, he was sent as ambassador to Philip IV in Spain, well known to him, to make use of his prudence and financial resources. Premature death took the supreme glory from him, but he shines all the greater from reflected virtue, in the Year of Health 1634. Dedicated by his wife Maria Spinola to her beloved spouse and his son Giovanni Maria to his excellent father.».
Translation of the memorial plaque in Italian in memory of the burial in the Gentilizia Chapel at the Abbey of San Nicolò del Boschetto, by Silvia Melogno
Giovanni Battista Spinola was the son of Gio Maria Spinola (?-1601) and of Pellina Lercari(?-1623) who was the daughter of Giovanni Battista Lercari(1507-1592), 64° Doge of the Republic of Genoa and of Maria Imperiale.
Siblings: Maddalena Spinola married in 1584 to Giulio Spinola son of Angelo Giovanni;
Giovanni Battista married Maria Spinola(?-1642) in 1596, daughter of Filippo, son of Ambrogio, sister of the commander Ambrogio Spinola.
Children: Pellina Spinola (1599-?) married Luca Spinola son of Gaspare, Principe di Molfetta, brother of Brigida Spinola portrayed by Rubens in 1606 and heir to half of the remarkable patrimony of her paternal uncle, Gio Stefano Doria; Polissena (1600-?), nun; Veronica (1601-?) married David Imperiale, marquis of Oria; Gio Maria Spinola (1602-1666), Second Duke of San Pietro, married Paola Maria, daughter of Gio Filippo Saluzzo in 1629; Angela Serafina, nun; Gio Federico (1604-1605), dead as an infant; Gio Geronimo (1605-1606), dead as an infant; Maria Camilla (1608-?) nun; Gio Filippo Spinola (1609-1660), Prince of Molfetta married his niece Veronica Spinola ( ?-1688), daughter of his sister Pellina and Luca Spinola, son of Gaspare; Gio Carlo ( 1611-?) Friar; Gio Stefano (1612-1614), dead as an infant; Gio Ambrogio (1614-1646); Gio Pietro Spinola (1616-1675) married Maria Brigida Franzone daughter of Agostino; Violante (1619-?) married Lorenzo Sauli, son of Ottavio Maria, in her first marriage and Carlo Centurione, son of Luigi, in her second marriage; Gio Domenico (1620-1660), priest.
The genealogy is entirely taken from “Palazzo Doria Spinola. Architecture and furnishings of an aristocratic Genoese residence, from an inventory of 1727” by Roberto Santamaria, 2011 Recco (GE), Le Mani, 201. For further details on the Spinola family of the Dukes of San Pietro, refer to this edition