|A topographical carte-de-visite showing a cloister at the Cerosa di San Martino in Naples in southern Italy. A Carthusian monastery, it was completed under the rule of Queen Joan I in 1368 and dedicated to St Martin of Tours. It was later expanded several times; the structure we see today is essentially the structure built in 1623 under the direction of architect Cosimo Fanzago. Under French rule in the early 1800’s, the monastery was closed and the religious order expelled. Today the building houses a museum with a display of artefacts from the Spanish and Bourbon era. It is still the most visible landmark of the city, perched atop the Vomero hill that commands the bay.
Photographed by Fratelli Alinari of Florence, identified recto in the lower margin and by their backplate on the reverse of the mount.
The Alinari brothers – Leopoldo, Giuseppe and Romualdo - established a studio in Florence in 1852; their work quickly gained international fame. They were particularly known for their reproductions of works of art and for their photographs of Italian architecture and topography. They also operated a successful business in commercial portraiture. The firm later evolved into a publishing house.
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