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Luca Giordano - Venus, Cupid and a satyr
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Vincenzo Camuccini - Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies
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Anton Raphael Mengs - Electress of Saxony
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Giuseppe Bonito - The Turkish Embassy of Haji Hussein Effendi
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Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, detto Battistello - Frescoes with Stories of the Great Captain Consalvo de Cordoba
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Still life with cake stand
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Domenico Morelli - The Assumption
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Coffee table in Herculaneum style
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Centerpiece in gilded bronze and mirrors
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Rotating lectern
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Globe clock held by Atlas
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Passetto della Regina
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High altar
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Neapolitan nativity scene
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Antonio Niccolini - Model of the New and Old Royal Palace and the San Carlo Theater
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Francesco De Mura - Allegory of the Virtues by Charles Bourbon
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Tapestry with Allegory of Fire
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Alexandre-Dominique Denuelle - Bust of Duchess of Berry
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The abduction of Proserpina
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Enrico Marchiani - Portrait of Vittorio Emanuele, prince of Naples as a child
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Marinus van Reymerswaele - Tax Collectors
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Clay watch
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Paolo Albertis - Entry into Naples by Ferdinando I
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Luca Giordano - Venus, Cupid and a satyr
Vincenzo Camuccini - Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies
Anton Raphael Mengs - Electress of Saxony
Giuseppe Bonito - The Turkish Embassy of Haji Hussein Effendi
Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, detto Battistello - Frescoes with Stories of the Great Captain Consalvo de Cordoba
Still life with cake stand
Domenico Morelli - The Assumption
Coffee table in Herculaneum style
Centerpiece in gilded bronze and mirrors
Rotating lectern
Globe clock held by Atlas
Passetto della Regina
High altar
Neapolitan nativity scene
Antonio Niccolini - Model of the New and Old Royal Palace and the San Carlo Theater
Francesco De Mura - Allegory of the Virtues by Charles Bourbon
Tapestry with Allegory of Fire
Alexandre-Dominique Denuelle - Bust of Duchess of Berry
The abduction of Proserpina
Enrico Marchiani - Portrait of Vittorio Emanuele, prince of Naples as a child
Marinus van Reymerswaele - Tax Collectors
Clay watch
Paolo Albertis - Entry into Naples by Ferdinando I
Road

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Description

The Palatine Chapel is dedicated to the Virgin of the Assumption, therefore the central painting of the ceiling, made by Domenico Morelli, one of the greatest Italian painters of the nineteenth century, represents the Assumption of the Madonna. The work was commissioned to the Neapolitan artist by Annibale Sacco's Deputy Intendant of the Royal House in 1864. On May 2 of that year, in fact, the painter received from the Royal House 4,500 lire as an advance of the 20,000 lire agreed for the work.

The realization of the canvas took a very long time mainly due to its size (9.80 x 5.56 m). It is thought that the artist, after the preparatory studies and the approval of the sketch, executed the painting in the Royal Chapel itself, since it is problematic to place the canvas in one's studio without folding it.

The work was completed in June 1870, arousing unanimous acclaim in the criticism of the time.

“L'Assunta”, thanks to a preventive intervention to remove the canvas, which was lowered down and placed in a safe place, was saved from the bombing in August 1943, which destroyed the vault of the chapel. A recent restoration with consolidation of the pictorial film, cleaning, varnishing and pictorial reintegration (2006) has restored the original aspect to the work and has brought to light the signature and the date (Morelli 1870).


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