The National Museum of Capodimonte is located in the same Royal palace of Capodimonte, one of the Royal palace constructed by Charles of Bourbon in the 1738 and used first to expose the Farnese collection inherited by his mother Elisabetta and then used as a residence by the Bourbons themselves and then by Bonaparte, Murat and by Savoia.
The palace built on the Capodimonte hill was used as a place where to rest during the hunting parties loved by King Charles, and it is currently surrounded by a woods 124 hectares designed by the famous architect Ferdinando Sanfelice.
Today the palace presents on different floors a rich collection of paintings: the most famous ones are the “Farnese collection”, including great names of Italian and international painting (Raffaello, Tiziano, Parmigianino, Bruegel the old, El Greco, Ludovico Carracci, Guido Reni ) and the “Neapolitan section” collecting works coming from several churches in Naples, with the aim to preserve and protect them (to be mentioned the works by Simone Martini, Colantonio, Caravaggio with a magnificent Flagellazione di Cristo, Ribera, Luca Giordano, Francesco Solimena and others).
The wonders to be discovered in the Royal palace of Capodimonte are many and in the Wunderkammer it is possible to admire the porcelain masterpieces made by the Real Fabbrica di Napoli and the porcelains by Meissein and Sèvres, the Cofanetto Farnese, the little bronzes by Giambologna, and then to get to the Royal Apartments with the amazing Salottino di Porcellana, a masterpiece realized completely in porcelain by Giuseppe Gricci with a stucco ceiling.
Finally the visitors can admire the collection of contemporary art where it is possible to see Vesuvius by Andy Warhol and the tapestries hall with seven enormous ones, made between 1528 and 1531, depicting the Pavia battle.
It would be very reductive to describe the beauty of these collections in Capodimonte in few lines, it is indeed a journey through different ages and artistic and unique wonders.