DescriptionCapodimonte's main draw may be Caravaggio's Flagellation of Christ or Andy Warhol's Vesuvius, but its extraordinary collection of works spanning the 13th to 20th century, is one of the best in Italy. From the great masters to the most important artists of our time, a grand tour of art awaits visitors to this 18th century palace, one four built by the Bourbons, atop Capodimonte Hill.
Spread over three floors, much of the first floor is home to the Farnese Collection, which formed the crux of the museum's original holdings. Here, are works such as Titian's Danae (with Eros), Bellini's Transfiguration of Christ and Parmigianino's Lucrezia.
The second floor is dominated by works produced in Naples from the 13th - 18th century and is where you'll find Caravaggio's Flagellation of Christ, one of three Caravaggio's in the city (The Seven Acts of Mercy is at Pio Monte della Misericordia and The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula at Palazzo Zevallos). Other works include Jusepe de Ribera's Drunken Silenus and Titian's Annunciation.
The first museum in Naples to dedicate a space entirely to contemporary art, and still the only ancient art museum in Italy that has a section of contemporary art, the third floor houses the museum's contemporary art collection. Also on the third floor, the museum's collection of 19th century works, and an impressive photographic section that opened in 1996 with 50 photos by Mimmo Jodice.
Plan at least a half a day to see the museum and enjoy its grounds, the beautiful Real Bosco di Capodimonte - Capodimonte Park. An audio guide (in English) is available for €5,00.
The Capodimonte Museum is part of the Neapolitan Museum Network Polo Museale Napoli, which is supported by Amici di Capodimonte - Friends of the Capodimonte Museum. In addition to supporting these museums, Amici di Capodimonte memberships include discounts, special tours, and more. Memberships start at €30,00 for students, €80,00 for adults.
Category: Art Museums, ArteCard Circuit, Capodimonte & the Sanita, Museums & Galleries, Must See, Palazzi & Villas, Polo Museale Napoli