Cities and Centers of Art
Texts by Giuseppe Galasso, Pier Giovanni Guzzo, Nicola Spinosa, Maia Confalone. Commentary by Caterina Napoleone
2009 / 348 PAGES
The treasures of Naples, the Greco-Roman archaeology, the splendours of the Farnese collection, the Sansevero Chapel, the 18th-century masterpieces and Bourbon glories, flow easily together with texts that recount the city’s history and evoke its atmosphere.
Artistic and architectural details, monuments and traces of a more than thousand-year-old history intersect in the pages of the volume dedicated to Naples, presented with photographs by Luciano Romano, in an itinerary that follows its artistic evolution and bears witness to its central role in European civilisation.
It ranges from Greek and Roman archaeology, illustrated by the most important pieces in the Archaeological Museum, to the wonders preserved in the city's churches, the splendours of the Farnese collection exhibited in Capodimonte, and the Sansevero Chapel, with 18th-century masterpieces by Sanmartino, Corradini and Queirolo, the palaces of the Bourbon period, and the glimpses of a city with a thousand souls. The essays by Giuseppe Galasso, Pier Giovanni Guzzo and Nicola Spinosa, a brilliant "Neapolitan anthology", are connected and provided with a commentary by Caterina Napoleone, giving life to the images that accompany it, and transporting us to the atmospheres that have enlivened the city from the Roman Empire to today. There are also testimonials by the greats of Italian literature as well as those of foreign writers and travellers such as Goethe and Chateaubriand, who roamed the streets of Naples noting its colours and sensations.