Masterpieces from the Vatican Museums exhibited in Naples
The exhibition, curated by Pierluigi Leone de Castris, represents the first step of an on-going prestigious collaboration between the Diocesan Museum of Naples and the Vatican Museums. Thanks to the generosity of the Vatican Museums and its extraordinary collections, this collaboration will allow some great masterpieces of art of all times, from the classical age to the contemporary, to be exhibited in Naples.
This first appointment showcases an extraordinary work by Nicolas Poussin, the Martyrdom of St. Erasmus, a large sacred composition painted for one of the altars of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, alongside works by prominent Neapolitan painters of his time. Works from the Donnaregina Museum collections, such as the two large canvases with the Immaculate Conception and the Annunciation by Charles Mellin, and the poignant Rest on the Flight into Egypt by Aniello Falcone – which allow us to understand the importance of the “neo-Venetian revolution ” promoted by N. Poussin in Naples – are shown alongside works from the Capodimonte Museum and other public and private collections, underlining the influence exerced by the French Master in Italy during the XVIIth century.
The exhibition includes works by Nicolas Poussin, Domenico Gargiulo, Aniello Falcone, Nicolò De Simone and Salvator Rosa, alongside the two Tondi with Games of Venus, Satyr and Eros by Andrea De Leone rediscovered by Miriam Di Penta Fine Arts.