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  • Masterpieces from the Museum of Capodimonte in Naples, from Renaissance to Baroque
  • 26 Saturday June – 26 September 2010
  • Organized by: The National Museum of Western Art, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities in Italy, Museo di Capodimonte, TBS, Tokyo Shimbun

    With support of: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Agency for Cultural Affairs, and Embassy of Italy in Tokyo

    With contribution of: Dai Nippon Printing

    In cooperation with: TBS Radio & Communications, BS-TBS, ARTERÌA, AXA ART, Nippon Express, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Japan Airlines, East Japan Railway Company, The Western Art Foundation

    Number of visitors: 152,747

    Other Venue: The Museum of Kyoto
    Sanjô Takakura, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8183
    Saturday 9 October – Sunday 5 December 2010

As indicated by its name, which means top of the hill, the Museo di Capodimonte actually is on the top of a hill in Naples. It is renowned as one of the finest museums in Italy.
The museum's collections center on works assembled by the Farnese family in the 16th century. The rulers of Naples at the time, the Farnese are renowned for their collection of first-rank art works. The first half of the exhibition introduces works collected by the Farnese family from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The second half focuses on 17th century Neapolitan painting. In the 17th century, Naples was one of the centers of the Baroque artistic movement, and a great number of superb artists flourished in the city. These works were collected by the Bourbons, who were the rulers of the city.
The exhibition consists of approximately 80 paintings, sculptures, decorative art works, and drawings. We hope that visitors will enjoy viewing this selection of masterpieces that speak of the splendors of the aristocracy of the past.

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