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    A passion for Naples

    Masterpieces of the De Vito collection

    From July 15 to October 30, 2023

    In partnership with

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    Figure juvénile humant une rose, vers 1635-1640 Maître de l’Annonce aux bergers (actif à Naples vers 1630-1660) - Huile sur toile, 104 x 79 cm - © Fondazione Giuseppe e Margaret De Vito per la Storia dell'Arte Moderna a Napoli / Photo Claudio Giusti

    In partnership with the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand Palais, the Musée Magnin in Dijon, and with the collaboration of the Fondazione De Vito, the Musée Granet is presenting the exhibition Naples for Passion, Masterpieces from the De Vito Collection from 15 July to 29 October 2023.

    One of the most prestigious groups of seventeenth-century Neapolitan paintings in the world, both in terms of its content and the quality of its works, it was collected by Giuseppe De Vito (1924 - 2015), who became a leading specialist in the Neapolitan art of the Seicento.

    Almost the entire collection, some forty paintings, will be on display in the Musée Granet’s 700 sq.m temporary exhibition area.

    Musée Granet has a tradition of displaying prestigious private collections, often unknown to the public, and Masterpieces from the De Vito Collection is the latest show in its Italian cycle, after Via Roma and Italia discreta in 2022.

    The museum will also take this opportunity to present a selection of Neapolitan masterpieces from its own collection.

    This exhibition will explore the emergence of Naples as a leading artistic centre in the seventeenth century, in the wake of Caravaggio and under the influence of different artistic movements, including naturalism, classicism and Baroque, which had a lasting impact on the way many artists presented in this exhibition painted.

    The first section of the exhibition, Giuseppe De Vito: Collector and Art Historian, is also an opportunity to learn more about a man who was passionate about art and internationally renowned for his learning and his “eye”.

    In pictures

    General curators
    Bruno Ely, head curator, director of the Musée Granet
    Sophie Harent, head curator, director of the Musée Magnin
    Giancarlo Lo Schiavo, president of the Fondazione De Vito.

    Specialist curators
    Nadia Bastogi, specialist director of the Fondazione De Vito
    Paméla Grimaud, curator at the Musée Granet
    Sophie Harent, head curator, director of the Musée Magnin.

    Exhibition catalogue

    In French
    Co-publication of RMN-Grand Palais / Musée Magnin / 
    Musée Granet / Fondazione De Vito
    160 pages / €30

    The Foundazione was born May 5, 2011 by the will of the engineer Giuseppe De Vito, collector, connoisseur and scholar of seventeenth-century Naples and Still Life, who becomes the President, and of his wife Margaret, with the intent to further the studies on the history of Modern Art in Naples. It is located in the ancient villa Olmo documented since the year 878 and restored in its present form in 1616, overlooking the hills of Fiesole and the city of Florence. Here, along with furniture and paintings in the collection, is the library of the scholar's collection which includes several thousand volumes both ancient and modern, with a particular specialization in the field of Neapolitan art and still life, a rich photo archive dedicated to the Neapolitan artists, a fund of unpublished documentary transcriptions from the Neapolitan archives of great interest.


    From July 15 to October 29, 2023
    Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm
    Weekly closing on Monday.

    Full admission : €8
    Reduced admission : €6apprentices up to 25 years old, people with disabilities and their carer, group purchases (minimum 15 tickets), visitors with a recent (less than 6 months) ticket to the Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée (MuCEM in Marseille).
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