Caravaggio and the Baroque in Naples - Art History Small Group Walking Seminar

The docent, who was an art historian, was excellent giving us high level information on the subject and taking us to a good variety of historical sites in Naples to illustrate her points. This is not for those expecting a basic tour of the city, after all it is advised as a seminar. ...Clare B., United Kingdom – See more reviews
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Explore Neapolitan art of the Renaissance and Baroque
Explore Neapolitan art of the Renaissance and Baroque
A group walking tour that will explore Neapolitan art of the Renaissance and Baroque
A group walking tour that will explore Neapolitan art of the Renaissance and Baroque
The Church of San Domenico Maggiore
The Church of San Domenico Maggiore
San Domenico Maggiore, the famous church in Naples, Italy. San Domenico Maggiore - The famous church in Naples
San Domenico Maggiore, the famous church in Naples, Italy. San Domenico Maggiore - The famous church in Naples
Facade of Gesu Nuovo in Naples
Facade of Gesu Nuovo in Naples
Panoramic view of the gulf of Naples and the city of Naples in Italy
Panoramic view of the gulf of Naples and the city of Naples in Italy
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A group walking tour that will explore Neapolitan art of the Renaissance and Baroque.

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Naples
Departs From:
Naples
Meeting Point:
Cafe Lazzarella
Duration:
4 hours
Availability:
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM
Product Code:
7230
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Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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Description

Naples, an often-overlooked city within the context of the history of Italian art, constantly proves itself to be an important destination for understanding the late Renaissance and Baroque period. This four-hour walk, in the company of an art historian, takes us through the heart of the old city and into important churches, chapels and royal palaces, where we can view in-situ masterpieces, as well as overlooked pieces that illustrate the artistic and social environment of the time.

In the 16th century, Naples experienced a radical transformation, expanding from a population of 60,000 to nearly 300,000 residents. A good port for trade and fertile plantations (latifundia) in the surrounding countryside made Naples a center of economic activity for the Florentines, Genoese and, eventually, the Spanish Bourbons, who ruled the city for over a century. In this context, the arts (most notably, Baroque paintings and architecture) flourished.

Beginning with Il Gesu' Nuovo, a stunningly eclectic work of Baroque architecture that boasts works by Giordano, Lanfranco, and Fanzago, we will plunge into the crowded and culturally rich streets of Naples, stopping at both nondescript chapels and majestic churches, which may include the Cappella of Sansevero and the churches of San Domenico Maggiore and Santa Chiara, where we can view some of the overlooked treasures of the city.

The walk will continue on to San Lorenzo, an Angevin church containing important works by the court painter Luca Giordano, among others. If time allows, we may descend into the excavations beneath the church where we can see the vivid stratigraphy of the Medieval, Roman, and Greek cities that lies beneath modern Naples. We will also visit the Pio Monte chapel and palace, a vivid example of 17th century architecture that contains Caravaggio's ""Seven Works of Mercy."" The walk concludes with the multilayered and sumptuously-decorated Duomo, a monument to elaborate Baroque architecture.

A must for art lovers, this walk, which swerves in and out of the alleys and side streets of the vivid historical center, will illustrate why Naples deserves to be a highly-regarded center for the appreciation and understanding of the evolution of Italian art.

Includes

  • Services of a docent

Excludes

  • Entrance tickets

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Entrance fees are 16 EUR for the sites at the time of publishing. Prices are subject to change without notice.

  • Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.

  • Children below 12 years old are not permitted on this tour.

  • Minimum of 2 passengers per booking is required. Private walking seminars are available for solo travelers.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 6 guests.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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