More than seventy masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum will be on a six-month trip to the Louvre

The Louvre invites the Capodimonte Museum: more than seventy masterpieces from the Neapolitan museum will be on display for six months, from June 7, 2023 to January 8, 2024, in three spaces of the Parisian museum venue.

From June 7, 2023 to January 8, 2024, the Louvre presents the exhibition Naples à Paris. Le Louvre invite le musée de Capodimonte, reaffirming the collaboration between European museum institutions.

More than seventy of the Capodimonte Museum ’sgreatest masterpieces will be exhibited in three different locations at the Musée du Louvre: in the prestigious Grande Galerie, a dialogue will be established between two of the world’s most important collections of Italian painting; in the Chapel Room, the origins and diversity of the Capodimonte collections brought together essentially by the Farnese and Bourbons will be told and highlighted; and finally, in the Clock Room, four drawings from the ancient Farnese collection will be displayed, including an autograph cartoon by Michelangelo and one by Raphael.

Thirty-one paintings from the Capodimonte Museum will be exhibited in the Grande Galerie, with the aim of bringing them into dialogue with the Louvre collections and presenting schools little or not at all represented in the Parisian museum, particularly the Neapolitan school. Among the works on display are Masaccio’s Crucifixion, Giovanni Bellini’s Transfiguration, and three paintings by Parmigianino, including theAntea. In the Chapel Room, paintings such as Titian’s Portrait of Paul III Farnese with His Nephews and El Greco’s Portrait of Julius Clovius will be on display, as well as the Farnese Casket, an extraordinary work of goldsmithing, and Filippo Tagliolini’s Fall of Giants.

Also on display are Parmigianino’s Portrait of Galeazzo Sanvitale, Titian’s Danae, Annibale Carracci’s Pietà, Caravaggio’s Flagellation, Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith Beheading Holofernes, and Guido Reni’s Atalanta and Hippomenes,

“In 2023, the Capodimonte Museum’s finest masterpieces will dialogue with those of the Louvre, within the museum itself, as part of an unprecedented project. A rich music and film program will enrich this invitation to permanently establish Naples in Paris for nearly six months. Royal palaces transformed into museums, rich in collections inherited from the greatest sovereigns, symbols of the historic ties between France and Italy, the Louvre and Capodimonte have much to share and tell. I would like to sincerely thank Sylvain Bellenger, Director of the Capodimonte Museum, who with trust and friendship does us the great honor of accepting our invitation. This exceptional and exclusive collaboration perfectly illustrates the European and international momentum I desire for the Louvre,” said Laurence des Cars, director of the Louvre.

“I am very honored by the invitation of the president-director of the Louvre, Laurence des Cars, and great is the prestige that this exhibition brings to Naples and to the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte,” said the director of the Neapolitan museum venue. “The history of Capodimonte is inseparable from the history of the Kingdom of Naples just as the history of the Louvre Museum is inseparable from the French Revolution. Many of Capodimonte’s masterpieces, such as Titian’s Danae, Titian’s Portrait of Paul III Farnese, also by Titian, and Parmigianino’s Antea will not surprise many visitors, as they appear in many art history textbooks, but the surprise will be to connect them to Capodimonte, a museum famous for amateurs but yet to be discovered by a wider public. Despite the French’s historical attachment to Naples, visitors to Pompeii do not always include this museum in their modern Grand Tour, despite it being among the top museums in Europe,” stressed Sylvain Bellenger, director of the Capodimonte Museum and Real Bosco.

The exhibition is curated by Sébastien Allard, director of the Department of Paintings at the Louvre Museum, and Sylvain Bellenger, director of the Capodimonte Museum.

Pictured: Parmigianino, Antea, detail (c. 1530; oil on canvas, 135 x 88; Naples, Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte)

More than seventy masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum will be on a six-month trip to the Louvre
More than seventy masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum will be on a six-month trip to the Louvre

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