Gallerie d’Italia – Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano, Napoli
The Galleries of Italy – Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano, the museum headquarters of Intesa Sanpaolo in Naples, are located in the heart of the city, in Via Toledo. The building was built from 1635 on commission of the rich Spanish merchant Giovanni Zevallos, from 1639 in Ostuni, and in 1688 he went to a branch of one of the most influential aristocratic families of Roman and Neapolitan columns, the Columns. Since 1898, the Italian Commercial Bank started a building acquisition campaign that ended in 1920. The architect Luigi Platania was asked to adapt the building to new functions with a predominant liberty taste, perfectly integrated in baroque architectural structures and decorative cycles nineteenth century.
The selection of antique paintings exhibited in the galleries of Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano – in recent years among the Neapolitan museums with the largest number of visitors – offers an anthology capable of sketching, for large lines, a profile of the salient events of painting in Naples from The beginning of the seventeenth century, with the tragic Martyrdom of Sant’Orsola, the last work by Caravaggio realized in May 1610 a few weeks before his death until the nineteenth century. Among the artists are the names of Louis Finson, Artemisia Gentileschi, Bernardo Cavallino, Angelo Caroselli, Paolo Porpora, Francesco Guarini, Luca Giordano, Francesco Solimena, Gaspare Traversi, Gaspar van Wittel, Anton Smink Pitloo and Giacinto Gigante, Gabriele Smargiassi, Salvatore Fergola, Nicola Palizzi, Domenico Morelli, Gioacchino Toma, Vincenzo Migliaro, and others. The works of Vincenzo Gemito finally form a very high quality set, one of the most important nucleuses of the great artist. These are crockery, bronzes and drawings that, from the seventies of the nineteenth to the twenties of the following century, document their extraordinary artistic parable.
Not only the museum space, the Galleries of Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano propose a dynamic reality, becoming a reference point in the social and cultural context in which they are embedded, through a rich schedule of appointments, temporary exhibitions, concerts and conventions conducted in collaboration with the most Important cultural institutions both local and, more generally, Italian and European.