Art: When Europe Began in Naples

A show of treasures from an 18th century Bourbon kingdom

"The Golden Age of Naples" a delightful exhibition of some 200 paintings, sculptures, drawings and miscellaneous objects from writing boxes to porcelain crucifixes, went on view this month at the Detroit Institute of Arts. It is a reduction of a much bigger show organized in Naples last year; but even in its abridged form it is very rewarding.

From 1734 to 1805, Naples and its provinces were ruled by a series of princelings, whose watery blue eyes and pendulous underlips festoon every wall in this...

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