Alfonso V, Palazzo Reale, Napoli
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
|The Aragonese Arch, Castel Nuovo, Napoli|
Called “The Magnanimous” by his contemporaries, he was an important patron of the arts. He founded the Academy of Naples and attracted many artists, musicians and writers to his court, making it a leading center of Renaissance learning.
Transforming Naples into the capital of his vast western Mediterranean empire (Aragon, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Valencia, Sardinia and the Two Sicilies) he executed several major building projects to commemorate his victory over the Angevins, including the Chiesa Santa Maria della Pace (destroyed by an earthquake in 1456) and the Triumphal Arch at the Castel Nuovo.