Capodimonte Royal Palace Art Gallery

Sandro Botticelli – Madonna with Child © Maria Sannino

In 1738 Charles III of Bourbon and his wife, Maria Amalia, decided to build a royal palace on the Capodimonte hill in order to house one of the most beautiful and interesting art galleries.

The two-story palace is surrounded by a huge wood and a belvedere terrace, overlooking the Gulf of Naples, offers an amazing view of Naples city, Mount Vesuvius, the Sorrento peninsula and the island of Capri.

The impressive Farnese Collection that Charles inherited from his mother, Elisabetta Farnese, the last heir of the famous and powerful family, is housed on the main floor. The Farnese Collection consists of artworks made by famous artists such as Titian, Botticelli, Raphael, Michelangelo, Mantegna, Bruegel, Goya, El Greco, Bellini and many other well-known Italian and foreign artists.

The Royal Apartment on the first floor also preserves the original furnishings, the famous Sala Pompeiana, the curious Maria Amalia’s Chinese Room, in addition to the Porcelain Gallery with beautiful rare pottery, and the remarkable Sala Camuccini where marble statues and an enchanting original mosaic table from the ancient buried city of Herculaneum (Herculaneum) are displayed.

The second floor of the building welcomes customers with the wonderful and famous D’Avalos Collection of tapestries representing the strategic Battle of Pavia.

The Gallery of Neapolitan Arts houses artworks by Neapolitan artists such as Luca Giordano, Fabrizio Santafede, Colantonio da Fiore but also Italian artists such as Simone Martini, Caravaggio, Titian and various foreigners like Anton Van Dick, Matthias Stomer and Jusepe de Ribera.

The third floor houses the Contemporary Art Collection of works by artists such as Andy Warhol and Candida Hofer and the 19th century Gallery which shows works by Gioacchino Toma, Domenico Morelli, Filippo Palizzi and Vincenzo Gemito.

Duration of the visit: 2 hours

More info about this tour with a qualified tourist guide of the Campania region can be obtained at the following e-mail address: belsannino@gmail.com

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