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Don Chisciotte

The exhibition "Don Quixote between Naples, Caserta and the Quirinale: cartoons and tapestries" at the Royal Palace of Naples, curated by Mario Epifani, director of Palazzo Reale and Encarnación Sánchez García, academic correspondent of the Real Academia Española, intends to reconstruct the story of the tapestry series with Stories of Don Quixote, executed by the Neapolitan manufactory in the second half of the eighteenth century, inspired by the famous novel by Miguel de Cervantes.

The exhibition will follow the story of Cervantes through the complete series of cartoons - preparatory paintings for the realization of the tapestries - for the first time compared with some of the tapestries now preserved at the Quirinale.

The works dialogue with the most precious editions among those kept in the National Library of Naples including the prince edition of the first part of the novel published in Madrid in 1605 of which there are only 26 copies in the world, one of which is preserved by the National Library and the score of the opera Don Quixote della Mancha by the composer Giovanni Paisiello, coming from the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella in Naples to witness the interest that at the time aroused the story of the ingenious hidalgo manifested through various forms of art.

Will be exhibited in the space of the Galleria del Genovese and in room XXIV of the Historical Apartment 38 cartoons next to 7 tapestries (5 with episodes of the novel and 2 decorative), belonging to the series performed by the Neapolitan manufactory in two rounds, between 1757 and 1779, to furnish the Royal Palace of Caserta and moved after 1870 to the Quirinal Palace in Rome. Another tapestry, on loan from the Museo di Capodimonte, is the only one preserved in Naples, the work of the Gobelins French manufacture.

"This exhibition exalts the historical link between Naples and Spain: the cycle of Don Quixote is a tribute, strongly desired by Charles of Bourbon, to a monument of Iberian literature, today universally recognized as one of the greatest masterpieces of world literature - says Mario Epifani, director of the Royal Palace of Naples - But also an opportunity to physically reconstruct a story that connects the Royal Palace to the Quirinal through over two centuries".


Place: Royal Palace of Naples

Address: Piazza del Plebiscito, 1

Hours: 9.00 a.m – 8.00 p.m. – Wednesday closed. Last admission at 7.00 p.m.

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