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After Caravaggio. The Neapolitan seventeenth century collections of Palazzo Pretorio and the De Vito Foundation


Exhibition organized by the Municipality of Prato, in collaboration with the De Vito Foundation, curated by Rita Iacopino, scientific director of the Palazzo Pretorio Museum, and Nadia Bastogi, scientific director of the De Vito Foundation.

The exhibition stems from the consideration that the Museum of Palazzo Pretorio in Prato holds one of the most important nucleus in Tuscany of works of the Neapolitan Seventeenth century, second only to the Florentine galleries: the reconstruction of the historical events of the pieces and of the interest of Prato collectors for Neapolitan painting takes an interesting turn in this context as one of the main critical contributions of the exhibition.
Equally decisive is the contribution to the knowledge of the seventeenth-century Neapolitan painting of the De Vito Foundation, which with its collection, formed starting from the seventies of the last century, thanks to Giuseppe De Vito (Portici 1924 - Florence 2015) connoisseur, scholar, collector of the Neapolitan Seventeenth century works of art and founder of the periodical "Researches on the Neapolitan seventeenth century", represents, for quality and historical interest, one of the most significant private collections of Neapolitan painting of the seventeenth century.
The aim of this exhibition is therefore to enhance the works of the Palazzo Pretorio Museum and the De Vito Foundation, whose collections, although formed in different ways and at different times, document the interest in the naturalism of the seventeenth-century Neapolitan painting. Stories of ancient and modern collecting that allow you to retrace some stages of development after the presence of Caravaggio in Naples, through the works by painters among the most significant of this artistic season, from Battistello to Nicola Malinconico.


  • Address: Piazza del Comune

  • Municipality: Prato (PO)

  • Place: Palazzo Pretorio

  • When: Dec. 14, 2019 - Jan. 6, 2021

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  • Phone: 0574 24112

  • Full price: 10 euros, reduced 8 euros

  • On weekdays opening time: 10.30 a.m.-6.30 p.m. closed on Tuesday