Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities
The Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities at La Capraia offers Research Residencies for advanced graduate students, small site-based Research Workshops and Study Days, and larger scholarly symposia open to the public.
Together, these programs support scholarly access to Naples, foster new research on Naples and on other port cities, create a network of scholars working on related projects, and communicate new research to the academic and museum communities and to the public.
Plan of Il Real Bosco di Capodimonte (detail showing location of La Capraia at number 49), watercolor and tempera on paper, late eighteenth century. Naples, Museo di Capodimonte
"La Capraia” or “ the goat farm,” known also as "Fabbricato Capraia" and "il Casino della Capraia," comprises two rustic buildings, which, until 1836, surrounded a garden courtyard. The original function of the main building, first constructed in the eighteenth century, was to accommodate agricultural storage and goat stalls on the ground floor and living quarters above. The stone-cut goat stalls are preserved on the ground floor to this day. While the second, smaller building was transformed in the nineteenth century into a rustic folly, the main three-story building provides ample space for symposia, seminars, offices, bedrooms, common living and dining areas, and a beautiful east-facing terrace.
Image: Claudio Metallo
In October 2017, the O’Donnell Institute and the Museo di Capodimonte launched the new Center for the Art and Architectural History of Port Cities with a three-day symposium that set Naples and the Capodimonte in a global context.
Image: Claudio Metallo
In September 2018, the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte and the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History celebrated the opening of the Center with a public press conference and a colloquium in which the inaugural group of Research Residents presented their projects. View the program here: 2018 Opening Program.
Images: Claudio Metallo
Fall 2018 Study Day
In November 2018, a small group of students and scholars from the Center, the Capodimonte, and the Bibliotheca Hertziana convened for a site-based study day on the ancient port of Naples led by Rabun Taylor, Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. View the program here: Fall 2018 Study Day Program.