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ongoing Beyond Caravaggio.

The show

The exhibition Beyond Caravaggio. A new story of painting in Naples (from 31 March 2022 to 7 January 2023) unfolds in the 24 rooms on the second floor of the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte , directed by Sylvain Bellenger. On display 200 works all from the museum's permanent collections, with no external loans.

Beyond Caravaggio. A new tale of painting in Naples is an exhibition, created in collaboration with the Amici di Capodimonte Ets and American Friends of Capodimonte associations, which aims to relaunch the debate by presenting another interpretation of the Neapolitan 17th century, which has become the century of Caravaggio .

The invention of the seventeenth century

The Neapolitan '600 is a recent 'invention'. It was rediscovered and defined less than a century ago by the art historian Roberto Longhi (1890-1970). According to the scholar, Caravaggio's naturalism would be the backbone of Neapolitan art. The seventeenth-century studies on the South derive, almost without exception, from his proposals formulated in a series of essays which were published essentially in the second decade of the last century.

From the inauguration of the Pinacoteca di Capodimonte in 1957 until now, the exhibition of 17th century Neapolitan paintings has largely been the result of this analysis. The reality is more complex and the curators of the exhibition, Stefano Causa and Patrizia Piscitello, on the basis of the studies of the last few decades, propose to reconsider Longhi's scheme, by now widely historicized, and to rethink the entire articulation of a century that was not only that of Caravaggio, but especially that of Jusepe de Ribera , a Spaniard who arrived in Naples in 1616, six years after Caravaggio's death.

The exhibition Beyond Caravaggio brings Ribera, represented in the Capodimonte collections by sacred, mythological and still life works, to the center of the Neapolitan art scene.

Presenting the Neapolitan artistic culture means highlighting external contributions and exchanges with other centres, sending works and projects from outside, the residence of 'foreign' artists in the city. In fact, Naples was and is a large port city, a crossroads of Italian life and culture. By the 17th century it had grown into one of the world's most populous megalopolises exerting a profound influence on European culture; its history is presented as a rich stratigraphy, made up of different civilizations, peoples and artistic expressions that have left traces in the artistic and monumental heritage. For centuries it has suffered attacks, invasions and destructions, coping with numerous natural disasters: volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tidal waves and plagues.


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80131 Naples


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