Palace of Donn’Anna

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View of Anna Carafa's palace with rocks in the foreground and the Vesuvius in the distance
Palace of Queen Joan.
(Plate 25.)

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Cleveland Museum of Art
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Dated May 1822

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View of the unfinished Neapolitan palace designed by Cosimo Fanzago for Anna Carafa, duchess of Stigliano († 1644), with rocks in the foreground and the smoking Vesuvius in the distance.

In local lore, Anna Carafa has been confused over time with Joan I of Naples and as legends about the palace flourished, some of them came to involve Queen Joan meeting there with lovers chosen among young fishermen who, after a night of passionate lovemaking, would be flung from the building to their deaths. Their souls are said to still roam the depths of the palace.

The caption reads in the original French: Château de la reine Jeane.

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