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At the Banco di Napoli Foundation, from the 2nd of March to the 16th of June 2024, the exhibition of the painting The Taking of Christ by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, curated by Francesco Petrucci and Don Gianni Citro.

The work, before arriving in the spaces of Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia (Rome) last year and now at Palazzo Ricca, had only been exhibited in 1951 at the historic “Exhibition of Caravaggio and the Caravaggeschi”, curated by Roberto Longhi (who had found it in 1943), when it was dirty and with various repaints, removed after the recent restoration.

It is one of the most intense and pathos-rich compositions of Caravaggio’s Roman activity, of which two autograph versions can be found: the one now exhibited at the Banco di Napoli Foundation and the one of the Jesuit Company of Dublin, in the deposit at the National Gallery of Ireland since 1993.

The two versions are endowed with formal and expressive autonomy, with a precedence of the Ruffo version, of which the Irish one is a replica with variants revisited in the pictorial and layout characteristics.

The exhibition will be accompanied by educational panels that give an account of the history of the composition, through research into the numerous copies and variants and accurate documentation of all the diagnostic results, achieved over the last twenty years.


The exhibition is completed with in-depth documentary and multimedia analysis in the spaces of the ilCartastorie museum.For this occasion, the public will be able to view original documents kept by the Historical Archives of the Banco di Napoli, relating to the Lombard painter’s stay in Naples: the commission from the merchant Nicolò Radolovich to the master for an altarpiece (6 October 1606), the payment for the creation of the work Seven Works of Mercy (9 January 1607), preserved in the church of Pio Monte della Misericordia.From the archival documentation we move on to the multimedia narratives of the museum, first including the one dedicated to Caravaggio, and then continue to discover the richness of the stories contained in the writings of the Historical Archive of the Banco di Napoli, which recently became part of the UNESCO heritage.


The event is organized in close collaboration with the Meeting del Mare C.R.E.A. Foundation. (Culture, religions and art) and by the Banco di Napoli Foundation.



The purchase of the ticket entitles you to access the exhibition, to visit the documents section on Caravaggio and to the multimedia tour of the Museum of the Historical Archives of the Banco di Napoli.

Reservation not available.



Via dei Tribunali, 213 – Naples



Every day from 10.00am to 6.00pm (last entry 5.30pm)




Reduced (from 12 to 17 years old and schools)

Free (from 0 to 11 years old and disabled people with companion)  


Tickets can be purchased online or at our office.


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