National Archeological Museum of Naples
On November 19th, 2016 at 3.30 p.m.
Presentation of Carafa Head (Testa Carafa) to the town of Naples
This colossal head is the only part never completed of an equestrian monument commissioned to Donatello by Alphonso the Magnanimous and intended to be placed on the superior arch of the marble triumphal door in Castel Nuovo.
Begun in 1456, the work was interrupted for many concomitant causes, including the death of the king (1458), the first War of Barons (1458 – 65) and the death of the artist (1466).
In 1471 Lorenzo the Magnificent, by request of Ferrante I, sent the head from Florence to Naples, as a gift to Diomede Carafa, the king’s favourite. In the courtyard of his palace at Via San Biagio de’ LIbrai the head was admired until 1806, when the Carafas gave it to the Museum as a very famous antique piece.