Art in Naples, a Golden Age
39 Bd Bonne Nouvelle, 34000 Montpellier, France
In the 17th century Naples was a major centre of European artistic activity, as well as being one of the continent’s most densely populated and vibrant cities.
From the arrival of Caravaggio in 1606 to the triumph of Solimena just before 1700, Neapolitan art combined an expressionist and tragic naturalism with a baroque and sensual taste for colour and movement. From religious and mythological subjects to landscapes, battles and still lives, these paintings bear witness to the fertility and imagination of Neapolitan artists.
Discover the most important among them (Caracciolo, Ribera, Stanzione, Guarino, Cavallino, Giordano, Recco, Solimena, etc) in an exhibition that revisits the links between art and the city’s eventful history, from the eruption of Vesuvius in 1631 to the Plague of 1656 and the revolution led by Masaniello in 1647.
Boasting a number of loan works from French and international collections, the Musée Fabre, in conjunction with the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art and the Institut National du Patrimoine in Paris, brings you a vast panorama of one of the most brilliant periods in Italian art.