Bring back in time the Royal Palace of Caserta
The Throne Hall before and after
In this page you can see a vitual restoration made with digital technique. This is to bring the Royal Palace to its previous conditions, before it was stripped after the Unification of Italy, and the before to be damaged during the 1943 anglo-american bombing and the subsequent US occupation.
Below some examples:
A damaged furniture
This furniture belonged to Joachim Murat was damaged by American troops during the occupation of the Palace in1943. The photo published in 1937 proves that six years before it was intact. Note the two daisies in the bottom corners of the central square: they are not original but were added later, and probably come from another piece of furniture. The virtual restoration, although obviously not perfect, allows us to see how it looked before the damages.
To these rococo rooms belonged also the golden living room today in the Yellow Room of the Montecitorio Palace in Rome. In the second picture there is virtual restoration of the dining room of the King: note the shape of the center of the floor, and the shape of the tabletop. In the third picture you can see also a gold and white console the same as those present today in the Hall of Spring.
The Throne Room
The Throne Room with the ten Empire style chandeliers. These chandeliers were removed during the Kingdom of Italy (1861-1946), but Ettore Martucci, in his book "Caserta: Royal City" published in 1928 already declared them missing, but with a mistake: he reported the presence of six chandeliers, but the hooks in the ceiling proves that they were ten.
As demonstrated by the Historical Archives, many objects are missing from the Palace, including numerous tapestries, some of which made by the Gobelins manufactory (some for Louis XV of France) and others made in Naples at the Royal Manufactory. These tapestries today some are located at the Reggia di Capodimonte in Naples, while the majority are at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, precisely in the "Hall of cuirassiers", in the "First boardroom" and "Napoleonic sitting ". They were taken during the Kingdom of Italy (1861-1946).
The Palatine Chapel
The Palatine Chapel was bombed during the WWII by the Americans damaging the ceiling, columns and walls, destroying priceless works such as vestments, the two bodies set high on the sides of the altar (where now you see tents), seven of the eight paintings in the chapel and most of the chandeliers. The central chandelier stands today in the Royal Apartments in the Chapel of Pius IX.
Scene from the movie "The three eaglets" of 1942
In this movie shot a year before the bombing, you can still see all thatthings that have been destroyed.