Giancarlo De Luca on display at MANN (National Archaeological Museum of Naples)

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From September 22th 2023 Napoli welcomes a new narrative through the lens of photographer Giancarlo De Luca. This event, meticulously curated by Roberta Misleading, intends to immerse the public in an almost forgotten reality, reliving the glories and memories of Real Albergo dei Poveri, an architectural and historical pearl of unquestionable value. The MANN – National Archaeological Museum of Naples, will become the theater of this photographic journey, giving a new voice to the events and particularities of this emblematic Neapolitan place.

A special event at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples

Il 22 September 2023, will mark the beginning of a photographic exhibition that will capture the attention and imagination of visitors. Giancarlo De Luca, through his photographs, will take us on a journey through time, inside the spaces of Real Albergo dei Poveri, a building that marked the history and culture of Naples. This structure, designed in the XNUMXth century by Ferdinando Fuga by order of Charles of Bourbon, has remained an icon in the city, recounting decades of architectural and sociological evolution.

The photographs selected for this exhibition represent the result of a long, careful and respectful collection, started by Giancarlo De Luca about ten years ago. These images deliver a personal interpretation and depth of the environments, capturing the voices and sounds that still resonate within the walls of this historical monument, transmitting to the public the grandeur and importance of one of the most significant monuments of Naples.

A profound journey through photography

The exhibition is a real one act of love towards the city of Naples and its architectural heritage. Every shot seems to tell a story, describing a “before” and a “during” which underline the historical transition of the place. Giancarlo De Luca manages to highlight the hidden beauty and importance of Real Albergo dei Poveri, without leaving out any detail, not even the most fleeting shadows or the most subtle plays of light.

Roberta Misleading, the curator of the exhibition, underlines De Luca's mastery in recalling architectural details and objects present in the photographs, giving an almost fairy-tale tone to this visual journey. The exhibition, which enjoys the moral patronage of the Municipality of Naples and the support of National Archaeological Museum of Naples, will be accompanied by a detailed catalogue, scheduled to be presented in December.

This event, which represents a synergy of art and culture, was made possible thanks to the support of various organizations and individuals, highlighting collaboration and unity in the valorization of cultural heritage.

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Written by Andrew Navarro
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