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Stretching across the Bay of Naples and at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, Naples is home to numerous palaces, estates, and grand residences. Though some palaces have been abandoned or damaged, many have been restored to their historical glory. In the midst of this modern, vibrant, multicultural city, these remnants of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italian aristocracy remain.
Through glorious color photography and illuminating text, Palaces of Naples tells the stories behind this fascinating and fabulous homes. Thirty estates and palaces are featured here, each with its own style and its own story. From the famous portico of the Palazzo Filomarino to the mirrored walls and inlay figures of the eighteenth-century duke's study in the Palazzo Corigliano, the architectural details of the palaces are examined. In addition, the intriguing stories and rumors behind the homes-such as the reported ghost sightings and mysterious wails and blue lights emanating from the Palazzo Donn'Anna, left half-built by Anna Carafa, wife of the duke of Medina, when her husband fell from favor.
With stunning color photography and engaging text, Palaces of Naples brings readers to thirty of the most beautiful estates and palaces of Naples. The history of the city and of each residence featured are relayed in fascinating detail: the stories of the original owners, the architects, and the occupants throughout the centuries. Hundreds of color photographs display the palaces-many of which are partially closed or completely closed to the public-in all their glory.
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More About Donatella Mazzoleni, Mark E. Smith & Ugo Carughi
Donatella Mazzoleni is an instructor in architectural design at the University of Naples. Umberto Pappalardo, currently associate professor of Pompeian archaeology at the Faculty of Conservation of the Istituto Universitario Suor Orsola Benincasa in Naples, is the author of several books on wall painting at Pompeii.
Donatella Mazzoleni was born in 1943 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Naples.
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Palaces of Naples Jul 10, 2000
When you read about art and architecture in Italy, you learn a lot about Rome, Florence, Pisa, Milan, Venice... and just a minor reference to Naples. Only as a stepping stone to reach Capri or Ischia. I lived in Naples several months last year. And I've been looking for more information on arts and architecture since I came back to the States. Finally, I found this book in the Rizzoli bookstore in Pasadena, California. Awsome! The first impresion I had was the Capella Sansevero in the cover!!! That little chapel is an incredible piece of art, hidden in a small street in the Medieval part of town. Hard to find, but once you are there, you ask why this is not shown as one of the major works of art in the entire Italy!!!. The "Veiled Christ" sculpture worth a trip to Italy. You can walk in front of some of these palaces, not being aware of the richness of its interiors. Some of them are not open to the public, or are just one more apartment building in the city. And this book allowed me to visit inside and outside some of the "palazzi" that I've seen just driving by and wondering what was that building. A lot of excellent pictures, some of the most famous buildings, such il "Palazzo Reale" or the "Museo Capodimonte", and another palaces almost forgotten and in not a very good condition, such the "Alberghi dei Poveri". Thank you Donatella for this book -another Neapolitan piece of art- and thank you Mark for your photos. Again, this is a very valuable contribution for the whole world to learn about the arts and architecture in Naples.