Gallerie d’Italia - Naples: a place of art and culture

The News on the Gallerie d'Italia in Naples, the Intesa Sanpaolo museum in the city, which are located in the monumental historic building of the former Banco di Napoli designed by the architect Marcello Piacentini in via Toledo 177, portrays a glimpse of the new exhibition with a long corridor flooded with light at the end of which you can see a human figure

The Gallerie d’Italia in Naples, Intesa Sanpaolo's museum in the city, are housed in the monumental historical building of the former Banco di Napoli designed by the architect Marcello Piacentini in Via Toledo, 177: for the opening of the museum in May 2022, the building underwent an architectural intervention of great impact that has brought it up to date without undermining its historical value.

In addition to temporary exhibitions, the Neapolitan Gallerie accommodate a selection of paintings and sculptures from the Neapolitan and southern context from the beginning of the 17th century to the first decades of the 20th century, starting from the absolute masterpiece of Intesa Sanpaolo’s collection, Caravaggio's Martyrdom of Saint Ursula. The museum also hosts tours dedicated to the ceramics of Attica and Magna Graecia and modern and contemporary art.

The area of the exhibition spaces of the Neapolitan Gallerie, restructured in accordance with the architectural design of Michele De Lucci – AMDL Circle, exceeds 10,000 square metres. Three classrooms, moreover, make possible educational activity for schools and specific audiences while a new library with a collection of volumes from Intesa Sanpaolo’s heritage of books, connected to the National Library Service, offers scholars and enthusiasts the opportunity to examine in-depth subjects linked to the works of the collections and the exhibitions hosted in the museum. 

The image shows a restorer working on a section of a polyptych

The concluding exhibition of the XIX edition of the biennial programme “Restituzioni” which, through restoration interventions, safeguards and enhances the national artistic heritage, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture. There are around 200 works on exhibit, covering a chronological period of 26 centuries.

The permanent collections of the Gallerie d’Italia in Naples
Detail photo of an Attic red-figure Hydria (kalpis) depicting the coronation of ceramic painters by Athena and two Nikai. Piece belonging to the Intesa Sanpaolo Collection

The permanent collections in Naples are organised in three different visitor tours that put the focus on painting in Naples and the South of Italy from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the first decades of the 20th centuries, the ceramics of Attica and Magna Graecia, and a selection dedicated to the twentieth century.