National museum of capodimonte

The Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte is surrounded by a relaxing green area, perfect for laying in the shade and take a break from your trip. Charles of Bourbon ordered the construction of a new royal palace on the hill of Capodimonte because that area was particularly suitable for hunting at that time. The work began in September 1738 under the supervision of Antonio Medrano and ended more than 100 years later. A wing of the palace itself was then turned into a museum, where to display the paintings of the Farnese collection inherited from Charles’s mother, Elisabetta Farnese. During the second half of the 19th century, The Farnese and Bourbon Armery was moved to the palace, together with the porcelain drawing room of queen Mary Amelie of Saxony, which had been made for the Royal Palace of Portici.The present arrangement displays the Farnese painting collection on the first floor, with italian and flemish paintings from the Renaissance and the mannerist periods. A Must see are the masterpieces Danae by Tiziano, Judith and Holophernes by Artemisia Gentileschi, together with paintings by Bruegel, El Greco, Parmigianino and Correggio. On the second floor there is the permanent Neapolitan collection which contains mostly works of the famous local barock painting stlye: artist like Stanzione, Pretti, Caracciolo and Giordano can all be find here. The highlights of this part are: the Caravaggio’s Flagellation of Christ, Guido Reni’s Atalanta and Hippomenes of and Ribera’s Apollo and Marsyas. On this tour you can’t miss the royal apartments, with their beautiful porcelain room, and the contemporary art collection, hosting works from Cunellis and Warhol.

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