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Table
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Plateau
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rotating bookshelves
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Watch with globe
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Still life with sweets
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Passetto della Regina
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Domenico Morelli - New artwork
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Major Altare
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Nativity Scene
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Antonio Niccolini - Plastic model of Royal Palace
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Francesco De Mura - Virtue Allegory of Carlo Borbone
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Tapestry with Fire allegory
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Alexandre-Dominique Denuelle - Bust of Dutchess of Berry
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Ratto di Proserpina
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Vincenzo Camuccini - Ferdinando I delle Due Sicilie
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Anton Raphael Mengs - Elector of Saxony
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Giuseppe Bonito - Turkish ambasciator  of Haji Hussein Effendi
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Enrico Marchiani - Portrait of Vittorio Emanuele prince of Naples
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Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, detto Battistello - Frescos with the story of Consalvo Capitain
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Marinus van Reymerswaele - Debt collectors
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Clay Watch
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Paolo Albertis - The return to Naples of Ferdinand I of Bourbon
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Fireplace
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Luca Giordano - Venus, Amorino and a satyr
Table
Plateau
rotating bookshelves
Watch with globe
Still life with sweets
Passetto della Regina
Domenico Morelli - New artwork
Major Altare
Nativity Scene
Antonio Niccolini - Plastic model of Royal Palace
Francesco De Mura - Virtue Allegory of Carlo Borbone
Tapestry with Fire allegory
Alexandre-Dominique Denuelle - Bust of Dutchess of Berry
Ratto di Proserpina
Vincenzo Camuccini - Ferdinando I delle Due Sicilie
Anton Raphael Mengs - Elector of Saxony
Giuseppe Bonito - Turkish ambasciator  of Haji Hussein Effendi
Enrico Marchiani - Portrait of Vittorio Emanuele prince of Naples
Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, detto Battistello - Frescos with the story of Consalvo Capitain
Marinus van Reymerswaele - Debt collectors
Clay Watch
Paolo Albertis - The return to Naples of Ferdinand I of Bourbon
Fireplace
Luca Giordano - Venus, Amorino and a satyr

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Description

The painting, coming from the Farnese collection, was previously part of the assets of the Sanseverino family of Parma who, in 1612, were sentenced to death and confiscation of their assets for a conspiracy against Ranuccio I Farnese, Duke of Parma and Piacenza.

During the Neapolitan revolutionary uprisings of 1799, the panel appears in the list of works seized by the French. Recovered by the Bourbon troops, it was transferred to the Royal Palace of Francavilla in Chiaia (current Cellammare palace). In 1874 it was inventoried in the Royal Palace.


The painting in the Royal Palace is one of the many versions of the subject of the “misers” made by the artist. Among the most famous are those of the Prado (1538), of Munich, Warsaw, and that of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.


More than a portrait, the painting can be defined as a kind of scene of moral content, in which two tax collectors, or rather, a treasurer and his employee, the tax collector, are portrayed, showing an opposite attitude towards money that they administer: one serious and objective, the other rapacious in physiognomy and gesture. The author, as can be seen in the work, was a lover of curious and bizarre details, and was the creator of a series of portraits of characters at work, represented at the limit of the caricature.


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