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“Palermo, Capital of the Kingdom: the Bourbons and Archaeology in Palermo, Naples and Pompeii”

Palermo, Regional Archaeological Museum “Antonino Salinas”. 2 December 2018 - 31 March 2019.

The exhibition gives an account of the year in which the city of Palermo was the capital under the Bourbons.

It has three sections narrating the archaeology of Pompeii, Naples, Herculaneum and Torre del Greco. Approximately a hundred works and artefacts were donated to what was then the Museum of Palermo by the Bourbon kings, Francis I and Ferdinand II. There are also various works from crown-financed excavations in the sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre del Greco; lent by the National Archaeological Museum of Naples and the Archaeological Parks of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Among these finds are sculptures, pottery and architectural decorations found in Pompeii during the excavations carried out by the Bourbons or salvaged from nineteenth-century excavation tunnels. One of the sections is dedicated to the works and paintings found in the villa in Contrada Sora, Torre del Greco. Some were taken to Palermo and donated to the museum in 1831 by Ferdinando II, who had fled from Naples in 1798. Others, from excavations in the nineteenth century or the early 1990s, come from the same context and testify to the refinement of the villa’s decorations.

For more information: http://www.regione.sicilia.it/bbccaa/salinas/