ITINERARIES: DISCOVERING ITALIAN ART
Enter the heart of Sorrento to discover a place rich in history, guardian of a priceless heritage. The summer residence of the Correale family and its marvellous garden "Villa alla Rota" open their doors to lovers of beauty and refinement to offer today a real journey through the centuries: from archaeological finds to Sorrento inlay, from the Neapolitan mannerism of the 16th century to the paintings of the Neapolitan artists of the "School of Posillipo", from the precious historical furniture to the prestigious porcelain of the 18th century.
A visit to the Museum arouses interest and attention, both for painting enthusiasts and for lovers of decorative and archaeological art objects, the latter documenting the ancient historical roots of the city of Sorrento. In addition, the collection of furniture and caskets inlaid with rare and exotic woods is evidence of a typical local craftsmanship, which, especially in the nineteenth century, reached remarkable levels of technical virtuosity. The section of paintings ranges from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, although the fundamental nucleus is constituted by the collection of still lifes of the Neapolitan school of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and by the conspicuous group of landscapes of the Posillipo school, two irreplaceable sources for in-depth studies of these splendid moments of southern figurative civilization. But the Correale shines even more for the precious furnishings that once adorned the home of the noble family: ebony or tortoiseshell veneered cabinets, valuable products of Neapolitan cabinetmaking of the seventeenth century; eighteenth-century chests of drawers, enriched with gilded bronze settings and marble shelves; precious chinoiserie furniture of English manufacture of the first quarter of the eighteenth century, and also French, German and Swiss clocks with gilded bronze frames and inlaid with mother-of-pearl and semi-precious stones; Murano glass, Bohemian crystals, fabrics, majolica and porcelain. The collection of ceramics includes a conspicuous number of rare specimens from the most famous Italian and foreign factories: from the Abruzzese Grue majolica to the French Marseille majolica; from the white and blue Chinese porcelain to the German porcelain, including the Meissen group, from the French Saint-Cloud and Sèvres porcelain to the English Bow and Chelsea porcelain. But it is the nucleus of Neapolitan porcelain that is the jewel in the crown of this collection, as it includes rare examples from the Capodimonte Manufactory and precious services in painted and gilded porcelain from the Royal Factory of Naples, as well as Giustiniani earthenware from the early decades of the 19th century. Last, but not least, is the presence in the Museum of an important specialized Library.
Opened to the public in 1924, the museum has 24 exhibition rooms, distributed over the four floors of the eighteenth-century residence, collecting great examples of figurative art between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries.
THE PHOTOS ARE FROM THE CORREALE MUSEUM IN TERRANOVA
Via Correale, 50
80067 Sorrento (Na)