Museum. NAPLES. 4. Route. 75
peii. In the cabinets to the r. are preserved glasses and dishes containing
various "articles of food from Pompeii: nuts, figs, dried oil, eggs, a loaf
with the name of the baker Q. Cranius. Also other objects in common
use; remnants of nets and cables, a purse, colours found in a shop at Pom¬
peii, small ivory figures. By the window: the celebrated ' Tazza Farnese,
a vessel of onyx with beautiful reliefs , the largest of its kind. On the ex¬
terior a large Medusa's head in relief; in the interior a group of 7 persons,
referred by some to the occasion of an inundation of the Nile, by others to
a festival in spring, instituted by Alexander at the foundation of Alexandria.
The first table near the w-indow contains the cameos, or stones cut in pro¬
minent relief, many of which are very remarkable: 32. Head of Medusa;
29. Zeus in conflict with the Titans, by Anthemion; 65. Portion of the group
of the Farnese bull, which it is intended to restore to its place. The se¬
cond table contains the intagii, or stones on which the designs recede : 209.
Ajax and Cassandra; 213. Apollo and Marsyas; "392. Bacchante. The third
table contains unfinished stones; the fourth a considerable collection of
rings among which a gold ring with male portrait, possibly that of Brutus,
with the artist's name Anaxilas. The cabinets by the I. wall contain:
1. Objects in silver; vases, one with the apotheosis of Homer; a small sun¬
dial. 2. Beautiful tripods; vases with foliage; rings from the Greek tombs
in the Basilicata at Armento; silver plate from the house of Meleager at
Pompeii, e. g. two "goblets with Centaurs. Also, under glass, golden trin¬
kets from a tomb of Tarentum. 3, 4. Gold ornaments : a chain , bracelet,
necklace, ring and ear-rings, found with a female skeleton in the house of
Diomedes at Pompeii; bracelets, brooches, a beautiful necklace from Ruvo etc.
The next door to the r. leads to the reserved cabinet, to which men
only are admitted; it contains mural and other paintings not adapted for
public gaze, and numerous bronzes of considerable artistic merit.
The first room to the 1. contains the
Collection of Coins.
Some of the most valuable are preserved in glass cases , among which
those to the r. are of the Rom. Empire; to the 1. modern medals. A nearer
inspection of the others, which are less carefully preserved, is permitted.
In the centre a mummy from Peru.
In a straight direction a door leads to the Second Section
Picture Gallery ,
containing principally works of the later Ital. and Neapol. masters, and Very
inferior in attraction to the first section.
1st Room: 38. Romanelli, Sibyl; 55. Ann. Caracci, Rinaldo and Arnu-
da- 62. Lavinia Fontana, Christ and the Samaritan woman; 69. Cararaggio,
Judith and Holophernes; 71. Ann. Caracci, Landscape with St. Eustachius.
2nd Room: 2. And. del Sarto, Madonna, a copy; 22. Ma:zola, Pieta,
and saints; 26. Lor. di Credi, Madonna; 29. Florentine School, Bladonna en¬
throned; 30. Matteo da Siena, Murder of the Innocents; 31. Saiidro Botti¬
celli, Madonna; 33. Flor. School, Pope Liberius founding S. Maria Maggiore
fad nives) at Rome; 43. Dom. Puligo, Portrait.
3rd Room: 6. Zingoro (?), Madonna and saints; '3. Simone Papa senr.,
St. Michael with SS. Jerome and James and the donors.
4th Room, adjoining the last on the r. , contains Byzantine works,
badly preserved and freely restored. .
5th Room: 5. Criscuolo, Adoration of the Magi; 51. L. Giordano, St.
Xavier baptizing the Indians (painted in 3 days); 53. Traversa, Girl with
doves; 54 Pacecco di Rosa, Madonna; 61. Spagnoletto, Joseph and the In¬
fant Christ; "67. Luca Giordano, Madonna del Rosario; 68. Don Gargiulo,