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The Diocesan Museum is the museum of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Naples, displaying paintings, reliquaries and bronzes previously housed in the Archepiscopal Palace, closed and suppressed churches in the Diocese (such as the churches of Santa Donna Regina Nuova and the neighbouring Santa Maria Donnaregina Vecchia) or churches where it is too risky to display artworks.[1][2] The paintings are mainly from the Neapolitan School, including works by Luca Giordano, Francesco Solimena, Massimo Stanzione, Aniello Falcone and Andrea Vaccaro.

It was originally housed in the Archepiscopal Palace but due to an initiative by cardinal-archbishop Crescenzio Sepe it re-opened in the rooms behind the chancel of Santa Donna Regina Nuova and on a new mezzanine floor above the side chapels of its nave on 23 October 2007.[3] The rooms above the side chapels are organised thematically, with a room each for the Passion of Christ, the Seven Sacraments, Martyrdom, the Life of Priests, Monks and Mendicants and the Seven Works of Pity. Other rooms house objets-d'art, such as two bronzes of St Candida of Naples and St Maximus by Giovan Domenico Vinaccia from Naples Cathedral, reliquaries, vestments and sculptures in wood and stone.

Visitors can also see the neighbouring Santa Maria Donnaregina Vecchia, although this does not display any artworks from the collection. Santa Donna Regina Nuova belongs to the Ministry of the Interior's "Collection of religious buildings", whilst the City of Naples owns Santa Maria Donnaregina Vecchia. The museum is managed by the Archdiocese and supervised by the Soprintendenza al polo museale di Napoli.

Floor plan

  1. Passage to the warming room
  2. Monks' warming room
  3. Retro-altar
  4. Sacristy
  5. Ante-sacristy
  6. Passage to the ante-sacristy
  7. Hallway
  8. Temporary exhibitions
  9. Permanent Display - Passion of Christ and the Sacraments
  10. Permanent Display - Martyrdom
  11. Permanent Display - The religious life
  12. Permanent Display - The religious life
  13. Permanent Display - Works of Charity
  14. Permanent Display - Reliquaries and precious objects
  15. Permanent Display - Wooden sculpture
  16. Lapidarium
Pianta

Collections

Paintings

Image Title Artist Room Originally from
Resurrezione e Crocifissione (30744055066).jpg
Resurrection and Crucifixion Giovanni Bernardo Lama Passage to the warming room Santa Maria delle Grazie a Caponapoli
Madonna delle Grazie e i Santi Sofia, Francesco d
Our Lady of Graces with Saints Sophia, Francis of Assisi, Francis of Paola and Januarius Fabrizio Santafede Warming Room Santa Sofia
Madonna delle Grazie coi Santi patroni di Napoli.jpg
Our Lady of Graces with Patron Saints of Naples Pietro Torres Warming Room Gesù e Maria
Decollazione di s Gennaro (copia) diocesano di Napoli.jpg
Beheading of St Januarius Mattia Preti (copy after) Warming Room Santa Maria dei Lanzati
San Gennaro con il cardinale Alfonso Gesualdo.jpg
St Januarius with cardinal Alfonso Gesualdo Giovanni Balducci Warming Room Naples Cathedral
- Adoration of the Shepherds Giuseppe Simonelli Retro-altar Basilica dell'Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio
- Angel Unknown, Southern Italy, late 15th or early 16th century Retro-altar Naples Cathedral
- Annunciation Dirk Hendricksz Retro-altar Santa Maria della Sapienza, Naples
- Education of the Virgin Unknown, Naples, late 18th century Retro-altar Basilica dell'Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio
- Jesus in St Joseph's Workshop Diana De Rosa (attr.) Retro-altar San Giovanni Maggiore
Madonna (ignoto XVI sec) diocesano Napoli.jpg
Madonna Unknown, Southern Italy, late 15th or early 16th century Retro-altar Naples Cathedral
Riposo durante la fuga in Egitto (30812937746).jpg
Rest on the Flight into Egypt Aniello Falcone Retro-altar Naples Cathedral
- Holy Family with a Goldfinch Fontanarosa Master (attr.) Retro-altar Sant'Agnello Maggiore
- Holy Family with the Infant St John the Baptist and St Anne Santillo Sannini (attr.) Retro-altar San Giovanni Battista delle Monache
- Holy Family with the Infant St John the Baptist and St Elizabeth Unknown, Emilia, 1550-1599 Retro-altar San Gennaro
- Betrothal of the Virgin Diana De Rosa (attr.) Retro-altar San Giovanni Maggiore
- Betrothal of the Virgin Lorenzo de Caro Retro-altar Archepiscopal Palace
- Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception with Saints Francis of Assisi, Clare, Rose of Viterbo, Anthony of Padua, Bonaventure and Louis of Toulouse Francesco Solimena and Nicola Maria Rossi Sacristy San Francesco alle Cappuccinelle
- Enthroned Madonna and Child with an Angel Pietro di Domenico da Montepulciano (attr.) Sacristy Duomo
Madonna col Bambino (Negroni) diocesano Napoli.jpg
Madonna and Child Pietro Negroni (attr.) Sacristy Archepiscopal Palace
. Madonna and Child Massimo Stanzione Sacristy Donnaregina Nuova (now in a private collection)
Madonna con Bambino tra i Santi Giacomo e Cristoforo.122 (30780781805).jpg
Madonna and Child with Saints James and Christopher Decio Tramontano and unknown assistant Sacristy Santa Maria Ancillarum
- Madonna of the Rosary with Souls in Purgatory Antonio De Bellis Sacristy Santa Maria di Portosalvo
Madonna del Soccorso. 126 (30732909182).jpg
Madonna of Succour with Saints Patricia and Catherine of Alexandria; with predella showing: Nativity, Ascension of Christ, Pentecost and Death of the Virgin Unknown, Naples, early 16th century Sacristy San Gennaro al Vomero
- Madonna with Saints John the Evangelist and Paul Micco Spadaro Sacristy Santa Maria Donnaromita
- Madonna in Glory with Saints John the Baptist and Francis of Assisi Teodoro d'Errico Sacristy Santa Maria della Vita
- Virgin Mary Interceding for Souls in Purgatory Andrea Vaccaro Sacristy Santa Maria del Pianto
- Adoration of the Magi Marco Pino Ante-Sacristy Sant'Antoniello
- Assumption of the Virgin Silvestro Buono Ante-Sacristy San Pietro in Vincoli
- Presentation in the Temple with Saints Cosmas and Damian Antonio Rimpatta da Bologna (attr.) Ante-Sacristy Santi Cosma e Damiano ai Banchi Nuovi
Crocifissione con la Beata Vergine diocesano Napoli.jpg
Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary, St John the Evangelist, St Peter, St Sophia and Capuchin monks Marco Pino Passage to the ante-sacresty Santa Sofia
- Saint John the Evangelist and cardinal Innico Caracciolo Francesco Solimena Hallway Gesù delle Monache
- Saint Agnello Giovanni Balducci Temporary Exhibitions Space Naples Cathedral
Apparizione dell
Saint Pasquale Baylon's Vision of the Monstrance Unknown, 18th century Permanent Displays - Passion and Sacraments Archepiscopal Palace
- Christ Washing the Disciples' Feet Unknown, 18th century Permanent Displays - Passion and Sacraments Basilica dell'Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio
Battesimo di Cristo. 040 (30213950953).jpg
Baptism of Christ Giovanni Bernardo Lama Permanent Displays - Passion and Sacraments Santa Restituta
Compianto sul Cristo morto. 036 (30213938733).jpg
Lament over the Dead Christ Andrea Vaccaro Permanent Displays - Passion and Sacraments Archepiscopal Palace
Crocifissione con la Maddalena - Ricca.png
Crucifixion with Mary Magdalene Unknown, Naples, 17th century Permanent Displays - Passion and Sacraments Archepiscopal Palace
Cristo risorto appare agli Apostoli. 038 (30780672935).jpg
The Risen Christ Appearing to the Apostles Unknown follower of Mattia Preti (17th and 18th centuries) Permanent Displays - Passion and Sacraments Archepiscopal Palace
Crocifissione. 037 (30744060896).jpg
Crucifixion Unknown, Southern Italy, late 15th or early 16th century Permanent Displays - Passion and Sacraments Naples Cathedral
Gloria del santissimo Diocesano Napoli.jpg
Glory of the Most High Lorenzo de Caro (attr.) Permanent Displays - Passion and Sacraments Basilica dell'Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio
Incontro a Roma dei SS. Pietro e Paolo prima del martirio.. 046 (30780790895).jpg
Saint Peter Meeting Saint Paul in Rome Before Their Martyrdom Unknown, Naples, 18th century Permanent Displays - Martyrdom Chiesa di Gesù e Maria
Martirio di San Bartolomeo. 042 (30780634675).jpg
Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew Andrea Vaccaro Permanent Displays - Martyrdom Monastero di Sant'Eframo Nuovo
Martirio di Santo Stefano. 043 (30780755995).jpg
Martyrdom of St Stephen Master of the Martyrdoms, 1600-1650 Permanent Displays - Martyrdom Basilica dell'Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio
- St Januarius Francesco Solimena (attr.) Permanent Displays - Martyrdom Archepiscopal Palace
San Paolo. 044 (30214157673) (2).jpg
St Paul Unknown, Caravaggisti school, 1600-1625 Permanent Displays - Martyrdom Santa Maria Donnaromita
San Pietro. 047 (30812760056).jpg
St Peter Unknown, Caravaggisti school, 1600-1625 Permanent Displays - Martyrdom Santa Maria Donnaromita
San Sebastiano curato da Sant
Saint Irene Caring For Saint Sebastian Paolo De Matteis Permanent Displays - Martyrdom Santa Maria della Vita
- Female saint praying Unknown, Naples, 1625-1650 Permanent Displays - Martyrdom Santa Maria dell'Aiuto
Sant
Saint Agnese Giacomo del Po Permanent Displays - Martyrdom Basilica dell'Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio
Strage degli innocenti. 041 (30692406251).jpg
Massacre of the Innocents Pacecco De Rosa (attr) Permanent Displays - Martyrdom Basilica dell'Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio
Testa di Sant
Head of Saint Anastasius "Tr" monogramatist, mid 17th century Permanent Displays - Martyrdom Archepiscopal Palace
San Benedetto e le sue storie. 054 (30692474901).jpg
Saint Benedict and His Life Unknown, Naples, 1425-1475 Permanent Displays - Religious Life San Gennaro al Vomero
San Girolamo (30149109024).jpg
St Jerome Unknown, Southern Italy, late 15th or early 16th century Permanent Displays - Religious Life San Gennaro al Vomero
Sant
Saint Anthony the Great Unknown, Southern Italy, late 15th or early 16th century Permanent Displays - Religious Life Naples Cathedral
San Girolamo e l
Saint Jerome with the Angel Agostino Beltrano Permanent Displays - Religious Life Santa Maria della Verità
Battesimo di sant
Baptism of St Augustine Luca Giordano Permanent Displays - Religious Life Sant'Anna al Trivio
Visione di sant
St Augustine’s Vision Luca Giordano Permanent Displays - Religious Life Sant'Anna al Trivio
Madonna del Carmine. 076 (30214210293).jpg
Madonna del Carmine Unknown, Naples, late 16th century Permanent Displays - Religious Life Basilica dell'Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio
Madonna del Rosario e santi Domenico e Caterina. 075 (30780770815).jpg
Madonna of the Rosary with Saints Dominic and Catherine Andrea Vaccaro Permanent Displays - Religious Life Basilica dell'Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio
Madonna del Rosario e santi Domenico e Caterina (Conca) diocesano Napolo.jpg
Madonna of the Rosary with Saints Dominic and Catherine Sebastiano Conca Permanent Displays - Religious Life Archepiscopal Palace
Madonna del Rosario e Santi Domenico e Rosa. 074 (30149040674).jpg
Madonna of the Rosary with Saints Dominic and Rosa Evangelista Schiano Permanent Displays - Religious Life Santa Maria delle Grazie a Caponapoli
La Madonna del Rosario tra San Vincenzo e 073 (30548478510).jpg
Madonna of the Rosary with Saints Vincenzo Ferreri and Rose of Lima Unknown, 18th century Permanent Displays - Religious Life Basilica dell'Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio
- The Virgin Mary Giving the Habit to the Founder Saints of the Order of the Servants of Mary Nicola Maria Rossi (copy after) Permanent Displays - Religious Life Basilica dell'Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio
- The Death of St Dominic Unknown, Naples, 19th century Permanent Displays - Religious Life Archepiscopal Palace
San Francesco di Paola. 080 (30732864442).jpg
Saint Francis of Paola Unknown, Naples, 18th century Permanent Displays - Religious Life Basilica dell'Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio
San Francesco di Paola. 079 (30149265594).jpg
Saint Francis of Paola Unknown, Naples, 1600-1650 Permanent Displays - Religious Life Santa Restituta
San Francesco riceve le stimmate diocesano Napoli.jpg
Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata Lorenzo de Caro Permanent Displays - Religious Life Archepiscopal Palace
- St Teresa of Avila’s Vision of St Peter of Alcàntara Unknown, 18th century Permanent Displays - Religious Life Archepiscopal Palace
Sant
Saint Anthony of Padua with the Christ Child Unknown, Naples, 17th century Permanent Displays - Religious Life Archepiscopal Palace
- Saint Anthony of Padua At Prayer Andrea Vaccaro Permanent Displays - Religious Life Archepiscopal Palace
- Saint Anthony of Padua At Prayer Ignoto pittore napoletano (secolo XVIII) Permanent Displays - Religious Life Archepiscopal Palace
- St William of Aquitaine’s Vision Domenico Antonio Vaccaro Permanent Displays - Religious Life Santa Maria della Verità
- Angels Holding a Mitre Luca Giordano Permanent Displays - Religious Life Girolamini
- Madonna and Child with Saints Anthony the Great and Filippo Neri Paolo De Matteis Permanent Displays - Religious Life Naples Cathedral
La Vergine appare a San Filippo Neri. 086 (30149078454).jpg
St Filippo Neri’s Vision of the Virgin Mary Pietro Grasso, 1750-1799 Permanent Displays - Religious Life Basilica dell'Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio
- The Virgin Mary Presenting the Christ Child to St Ignatius of Loyola Giacomo del Po Permanent Displays - Religious Life Archepiscopal Palace
- Saint Cajetan Presenting the Rule of the Order Tommaso de Vivo Permanent Displays - Religious Life Archepiscopal Palace
- Saint Cajetan and the Holy Family Unknown, Naples, 18th century Permanent Displays - Religious Life Basilica dell'Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio
San Camillo de Lellis. 087 (30145349233).jpg
St Camillus de Lellis Unknown, Naples, 18th century Permanent Displays - Religious Life Archepiscopal Palace
- Works of Charity – Burying the Dead Unknown, Southern Italy, 20th century Permanent Displays - Works of Charity Basilica di Santa Maria a Pugliano
- Works of Corporeal Charity Aniello Laudisello Permanent Displays - Works of Charity Basilica di Santa Maria a Pugliano
Ritratto umberto d
Posthumous Portrait of Umberto d'Ormont, Archbishop of Naples Lello da Orvieto[2] (attr.) Permanent Displays – Precious Objects and Reliquaries Archepiscopal Palace

Sculptures

Image Title Artist Room Originally from
- Crucifixion Unknown, 14th century Passage to the warming room Santa Maria Donnaregina Vecchia
Angelo Custode diocesano Napoli.jpg
Guardian Angel Nicola Fumo Warming Room San Giovanni Battista delle Monache
- St Joseph and the Christ Child Nicola Fumo Warming Room San Giovanni Battista delle Monache
- St Michael the Archangel Nicola Fumo Warming Room San Giovanni Battista delle Monache
San Nicola di Bari diocesano Napoli.jpg
St Nicolas of Bari Nicola Fumo Warming Room San Giovanni Battista delle Monache
GB Loffredo diocesano Napoli.jpg
Giovan Battista Loffredo Girolamo D'Auria Warming Room Santa Maria Donnaregina Vecchia
Lapide con giacente diocesano di Napoli.jpg
Effigies School of Girolamo D'Auria Warming Room Santa Maria Donnaregina Vecchia
Madonna col Bambino (Malvito) diocesano Napoli.jpg
Tondo of the Madonna and Child Tommaso Malvito and workshop Warming Room Santa Maria Donnaregina Vecchia
Madonna col Bambino d
Tondo of the Madonna and Child Girolamo D'Auria and workshop Warming Room Santa Maria Donnaregina Vecchia
- Tondo of St Anne and the Virgin Mary as a Child Unknown, Naples, 18th century Warming Room Santa Maria Donnaregina Vecchia
Carlo Loffredo diocesano Napoli.jpg
Funerary Monument of Carlo Loffredo Girolamo D'Auria and workshop Warming Room Santa Maria Donnaregina Vecchia
Cesare Loffredo diocesano Napoli.jpg
Funerary Monument of Cesare Loffredo Girolamo D'Auria and workshop Warming Room Santa Maria Donnaregina Vecchia
Ippolita Brancaccio diocesano Napoli.jpg
Ippolita Brancaccio Girolamo D'Auria and workshop Warming Room Santa Maria Donnaregina Vecchia
Museo diocesano Napoli (6).JPG
Immaculate Conception Nicola Ingaldo (attr.) Retro-altar Naples Cathedral
San Paolo. 131 (30214151153).jpg
Saint Paul Giovan Domenico Vinaccia Passage to the ante-sacristy Naples Cathedral
Sant
Carved wooden reliefs of St Augustine and St Thomas of Villanova Giuseppe Picano Religious Life Room Sant'Agostino alla Zecca
- Fragment of a pluteus with griffins in marble Unknown, Campania, early 11th century Lapidarium Naples Cathedral
- Fragment of a marble sarcophagus Unknown, 200-400 Lapidarium Naples Cathedral
- Front of a marble sarcophagus Unknown, Naples, mid 14th century Lapidarium Naples Cathedral
- Altar front or pluteus in marble Unknown, Campania, late 9th or early 10th century Lapidarium Naples Cathedral
Stemma del seggio di Forcella Marmo scolpito. 099 (30213761723).jpg
Coat of arms of Forcella in marble; Unknown, Naples, 16th century Lapidarium Naples Cathedral
- Head of the Christ Child on a fragment of a marble and stone bust Unknown, Campania, 15th century Lapidarium Santissima Annunziata Maggiore
- Head of the Virgin Mary in stone Unknown, Campania, 15th century Lapidarium Santissima Annunziata Maggiore
- Cinerary urn in marble Unknown, 1st century Lapidarium Naples Cathedral
- Reliquary vase in marble Unknown Lapidarium Naples Cathedral
- St Francis Xavier Converting the Native Americans, in carved and painted wood Unknown, Naples, c.1820 Wooden Sculptures Room Archepiscopal Palace
- St Joseph with the Christ Child in carved and painted wood Collaborator of Giacomo Colombo, c.1730 Wooden Sculptures Room Archepiscopal Palace
Testa di Crocifisso in legno intagliato e dipinto. 035 (30848946035).jpg
Head from a Crucifix in carved and painted wood Unknown, late 15th century Wooden Sculptures Room Basilica dell'Incoronata Madre del Buon Consiglio

Metalwork and reliquaries

Image Title Artist Room Originally from
- Altar cross in silver Unknown, mid 18th century Hallway Naples Cathedral
- Pitcher and basin in silver Luigi De Michelis Precious Objects and Reliquaries Room Archepiscopal Palace
- Pitcher and basin in gilded silver Various, 18th century Precious Objects and Reliquaries Room Naples Cathedral
- Chalice in silver and sapphires Unknown, Naples, 1750-1775 Precious Objects and Reliquaries Room Archepiscopal Palace
Reliquari in argento e legno diocesano di Napoli.jpg
Copy of a reliquary in silver and wood Unknown, mid 18th century Precious Objects and Reliquaries Room Archepiscopal Palace
Museo diocesano Napoli (3).JPG
Monstrance in silver Unknown, Naples, pre- 1754 Precious Objects and Reliquaries Room Naples Cathedral
- Cooking service in gilded silver Giacinto Buonacquisto (late 18th century) Precious Objects and Reliquaries Room Naples Cathedral
- Pyx in silver, gold and sapphires Unknown, late 18th century Precious Objects and Reliquaries Room Naples Cathedral
Museo diocesano Napoli (11).JPG
Bust of St Maximus in silver Giovan Domenico Vinaccia Precious Objects and Reliquaries Room Naples Cathedral
Santa Candida diocesano di Napoli.jpg
Bust of St Candida of Naples in silver Giovan Domenico Vinaccia Precious Objects and Reliquaries Room Naples Cathedral
Stauroteca San Leonzio (30149117574).jpg
Cross-shaped reliquary of St Leonzius Unknown, Palermo, Naples or southern Italy, 1150-1200, 1200-1299 and 1450-1499 Precious Objects and Reliquaries Room Naples Cathedral
Santa Restituta diocesano Napoli.jpg
Reliquary bust of St Restituta in wood, gold and paint Unknown, Naples, 1600-1650 Wooden Sculptures Room Santa Restituta
Santa Lucia diocesano Napoli.jpg
St Lucy Unknown, Naples, 1600-1650 Wooden Sculptures Room Sant'Agostino alla Zecca
Sant
St Apollonia in wood Unknown, Naples, early 17th century Wooden Sculptures Room Sant'Agostino alla Zecca

Other

Image Title Artist Room Originally from
- Collar of St Vincenzo Ferreri Various, 19th and 20th centuries Retro-altar Santa Maria della Sanità
- Mitre in white silk Unknown, Naples, 1925-1950 Precious Objects and Reliquaries Room Naples Cathedral
- Globe Unknown, Naples, early 18th century Precious Objects and Reliquaries Room Archepiscopal Palace
- Stole Unknown, Italian, 1550-1599 Precious Objects and Reliquaries Room Archepiscopal Palace

References

  1. ^ (in Italian) AA.VV., Napoli e dintorni, Touring Club Italiano, p. 232, Milano, 2007, ISBN 978-88-365-3893-5
  2. ^ a b (in Italian) AA.VV., Napoli e dintorni, Touring Club Italiano, p. 237, Milano, 2007, ISBN 978-88-365-3893-5
  3. ^ Museo Diocesano di Napoli Archived 2009-06-19 at the Wayback Machine, Museum of architecture.