Inside one of the oldest bank archives in Europe,
the archive of the oldest bank in Europe “Bank of Naples” born in 1539. Today it is a foundation and It owns precious documents dating back from end of 1400 and represent the first example of bank activity.
It has registration of a payment to Caravaggio, payments for the excavations of Pompeii, for the jewels of the “Treasure of San Gennaro” the city´s patron saint, which economical value has been estimated as “invaluable”, documents on liquorice export from Calabria region to Holland, Rotschild´s banker family presence in Naples, religious festivities and much more.
The archive has preserved the cheques called “bancali” at that time, amd several registrar books. Many scholars consult those documents for many reasons: one is that payment causalities were written with great detail, which makes them really trustable documents to make researches, study, and contributed to publications in many fields, but anyone can visit and consult documents by booking an apointment.
Think about any event happening in Naples, or related to, in the city itself, in Italy and even Europe which might be economically traceable from ´500 until Italy´s unification (1861) and later, you might find a precious trace here.
Many bank employes moreover, used to kill time by writing poems , rhymes or making drawings on the books´ first pages. Many of those poems can be read in the book “Piaceri di noia” (Pleasures of boredom), by neapolitan artist Giuseppe Zevola who collected them.
Soon a museum will open the archive to the public. with a focus on the history of the bank, economic aspects and the “stories” that have been reconstructed through the study of the payments.
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The Archivio Storico del Banco di Napoli, is located in via dei Tribunali 213 in Naples, Italy.
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Giulia Giannola is an Italian artist born in 1985, in Naples. After finishing her Bachelor degree in Venice at the IUAV University, she moves to Berlin where she graduated as Meisterschülerin in Installation and Multimedia at the Universität der Künste (UdK), with Prof. Christiane Möbus and was guest student in artist Candice Breitz class at HBK Braunschweig.
Her works draw inspiration from the observation of everyday situations of collective or personal life, which are transformed into performances, interventions in public space, and videos. Time factors such as duration and rhythm, are called into question, twisted and transformed.
She received the Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium des Landes Berlin in 2014.
Her works have been shown in “Times and Lines” Saarandisches Künstlerhaus, Saarbrucken, Germany; Meisterschülerpreis des Präsidenten der UdK Berlin, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany; Shiryaevo Biennial “Screen: Between Europe and Asia”, Regional Museum of Samara, Russia; Paradise Now, Extraspazio gallery, Rome.Her works have been shown in “Meridian|Urban, Curatorial projects on health”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Phaenomenale 2010, Science and art festival, Kunstverein Wolfsburg with the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst Braunschweig; HDLU, Zagreb, .HBC gallery, Berlin; Organhaus international video art festival, Chongqing, China; Actualitas. Kunst vor Ort, Performance Festival, Braunschweig; Magazzini del sale, Venice; Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice.
Giulia Giannola lives and works between Berlin and Naples.