Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities
Programs

Plan of Il Real Bosco di Capodimonte, watercolor and tempera on paper, late eighteenth century. Naples, Museo di Capodimonte.

The Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities at La Capraia will house three programs: Research Residencies for students and scholars; regular site-based Research Workshops as well as a larger symposium every two to three years; and an Open-Access Digital Publication called New City / Nuova CittĂ .

Together, these programs will support scholarly access to Naples, foster new research on Naples and on other port cities, create a network of students and scholars working on related projects, and communicate new research to the academic and museum communities and to the public.


Image: Claudio Metallo

La Capraia

"La Capraia” or “ the goat farm,” known also as "Fabbricato Capraia" and "il Casino della Capraia," comprises two rustic buildings, which, until 1836, surrounded a garden courtyard. The original function of the main building, first constructed in the eighteenth century, was to accommodate agricultural storage and goat stalls on the ground floor and living quarters above. The stone-cut goat stalls are preserved on the ground floor to this day. While the second, smaller building was transformed in the nineteenth century into a rustic folly, the main three-story building provides ample space for symposia, seminars, offices, bedrooms, common living and dining areas, and a beautiful east-facing terrace.


Plan of Il Real Bosco di Capodimonte (detail showing location of La Capraia at number 49), watercolor and tempera on paper, late eighteenth century. Naples, Museo di Capodimonte


2017 Symposium

In October 2017, the O’Donnell Institute and the Museo di Capodimonte launched the new Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities with a three-day symposium that set Naples and the Capodimonte in a global context.

 


Image: Claudio Metallo