The museum at the Banco di Napoli Historical Archives expands its permanent offer.
The interactive “Cuomo Corner” room takes its name from the building it houses (Palazzo Cuomo), along the staircase designed by Ferdinando Sanfelice.
In the Cuomo Corner, formerly the Sala della Musica, where is the story of Angelo Carasale and the San Carlo Theater, there are three new multimedia contents created by the museum and taken from the research on the writers of the Banco di Napoli Historical Archive.
The first chapter is dedicated to the Radolovich Altarpiece, a work commissioned but never found (or perhaps never made) by the famous painter Caravaggio, artistically reworked from a detailed payment reason of 1606, its only trace.
The second recounts the “Neapolitan Revolution” from the point of view of Vincenzo d’Andrea, one of the main protagonists of the revolution of 1647 and of the subsequent Serenissima Republic of Naples: an immersion in the short epic of Tommaso d’Amalfi, called Masaniello, the brave fishmonger of Vico Rotto al Mercato.
The protagonist of third multimedia product, “Digging through the papers”, is Rocco Gioacchino Alcubierre who narrates the events that, in 1738, led him to discover the remains of ancient Herculaneum. Through his voice, we retrace the fundamental moments of Bourbon “heroic” archaeological age.
Palazzo Cuomo (from which it takes the name of the new room) was annexed to Palazzo Ricca (ancient headquarters of the Banco dei Poveri and currently the headquarters of the Banco di Napoli Foundation, the Archive and its museum) in 1787, when the mole of the writers of the ancient Neapolitan public counters was made too big to be contained in a single building. “Angolo Cuomo” also marks an expansion today, this time in the operation of enhancing of the Archive.