Restoration and improvement projects ideas for the Royal Palace of Caserta
Before and after
The opportunity to receive funding and donations, allows to bring the Royal Palace Park to the original splendor, but also to complete both in the way they were designed by Vanvitelli, and that were never bult due to lack of funds.
Restoration projects for the Palace
Refurnishing the rooms of the Palace
The Royal Palace of Caserta has suffered many depredations in its history. In the pictures below you can see an idea of refurnishing that shows how probably it would look until 1860, the year of the end of the Kingdom. Have been added:
- Table in pietra-dura currently located in the Hall of Spring;
- XVIII century Aubusson carpet (not located in the Palace);
- XVIII century Capodimonte vase with flowers (not located in the Palace);
- Empire style vase (from the Royal Palace of Naples).
These rooms can be restored to their original splendor via donations, or collective purchases of the original furnishings, Neapolitan furniture and objects with the Bourbon coat-of-arms.
Completion projects for the Royal Park
Memorial for Luigi Vanvitelli
This monument would be to hold the mortal remains of the Architect. These statues are now assembled into the "Fountain of Caserta" in the gardens of the Quirinale palace in Rome, the seat of the President of the Italian Republic, and the former royal palace of the king of Italy.
These statues were part of a never completed sculptural group, that should have decorated the top of the Eolo fountain, that Carlo Vanvitelli, the son of the Architect, decided to not complete. These statues were taken from Savoy and placed in the Roman palace. If they will come back, they could be used to make the memorial of Luigi Vanvitelli, which could be placed in the central area of the parterre.
- The square reminds to the architecture rationality of Vanvitelli;
- The upper statue seems to almost want to cover and protect with its veil the remains of Vanvitelli;
- The statue on the left has his right hand resting on the monument, and the his sight is looking to the park;
- The statue on the right looks at the portrait of Vanvitelli while with his finger points to the Palace.
Reconstruction of the waterway and parterre
Carlo Vanvitelli completed the Royal Palace and the Park after the death of his father Luigi. To cut time and construction costs, he was forced to reduce the size of the park, and the number of fountains. Where now you see the big green lawn, there should have been a further fountain.
- To restore the whole design of the so-called "waterway", but without having to make structural changes, as you can see in the image, two large flowering half with blue flowers recall the color of water. A border with flower pots will give movement as in the original parterre by Vanvitelli;
- The waterway can be completed with the flower parterre and flower vases as desired by the Architect.