Capo Di Monte Photo Gallery

Capo Di Monte Photo Gallery

Museo di Capodimonte

The vast collection can trace its origins back to 1738, when King Charles VII of Naples and Sicily (later Charles III, king of Spain) decided to build a hunting lodge on the Capodimonte hill, but then decided that he would instead build a grand palace. Charles VII, the Bourbon king of Naples and later Charles III of Spain, who set out to purchase the land at Capodimonte in 1734, initially planned to use the palazzo as a hunting lodge and royal residence. By 1755 the king had decided to apportion part of the royal apartments as a library and museum. From 1758 to 1806, the works from the Farnese collection (an immense patrimony that Charles had inherited from his mother, Isabella [Elisabetta] Farnese of Parma) were transported from Farnese estates in Parma and Piacenza and the Palazzo Farnese in Rome. The latter collection had been started by Alessandro Farnese (later Pope Paul III).

Over the centuries the collection was enlarged by various means, and by the turn of the 19th century it included some 1,780 works. For a time the Palazzo of Capodimonte served largely as a residence and the art was transferred elsewhere. The palace was designated as a museum site in 1950, and the large collection, which includes many outstanding Flemish and Italian pieces, was opened to the public in 1957.

As well as presenting a representative survey of Italian painting from the 13th through the 17th century, the museum maintains collections of arms, armour, gold- and silverwork, and examples of other decorative arts, including Capodimonte porcelain. Its three major divisions are the Museum, the 19th Century Gallery, and the National Gallery. Its small contemporary art collection includes works by Alberto Burri, Sigmar Polke, and Andy Warhol.

The peculiar character of this place is twofold. On the one hand, the art collection held and displayed in this museum is, in scope and richness, second only to the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence. On the other hand, this is not only a museum, but also an important Royal palace that lets visitors learn a lot about the changing role of Naples (former capital of an independent kingdom) within European history - and also, in general, about the relationship between the arts and political power.


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