Naples’s Treasure. Masterpieces from the Museum of Saint Januarius

30th October 2013 – 16th February 2014 Curated by Paolo Jorio and Ciro Paolillo

Promoted by Fondazione Roma and organised by Fondazione Roma-Arte-Musei, in association with the Museo del Tesoro di San Gennaro in Naples, the exhibition IL TESORO DI NAPOLI. I Capolavori del Museo di San Gennaro (Naples’s Treasure. Masterpieces from the Museum of Saint Januarius) contains a selection of the most important works donated to this Saint over seven centuries by Popes, Emperors, European Kings and the very devoted people of Naples, which have never been shown before outside the Parthenopean city.

These works have a high artistic value: they were made, using an enormous amount of precious stones, by the most eminent goldsmiths of the time such as Michele Dato, author of the splendid Necklace of Saint Januarius and Matteo Treglia who created of the Mitre adorned with diamonds, emeralds, rubies; both masterpieces, together with many others, will be exceptionally displayed in the exhibition held in Palazzo Sciarra.

This exhibition proposes a critical-scientific approach to examining the Treasure, without overlooking the sensory echo aroused by the sight of its splendour and the historical references that surround its establishment.

During the exhibition the Fondazione Roma-Arte-Musei will organise a series of conferences and educational activities for schools and families in order to engage the public in the ancient art of goldsmiths.