He wrote in a letter to the Earl Zurlo, the Minister of the Interior, dated March 16, 1812, saying "".
The King granted his request and set up a fund for the purchasing of books.
Among his commission agents were the well-known astronomer Bode in Berlin, Gargani in Vienna, the booksellers of the King of the Two Sicilies, Borel and Pichard in Paris.
In Naples and other Italian cities books were purchased by Zuccari or by the above mentioned French booksellers on his behalf.
It houses an important collection of early works in the field, a modern and up to date monographs section, a noteworthy periodicals section and a precious archive of documents dating from 1802 to 1948.
Recently, the monograph and periodical sections have been catalogued and are available on-line. The librarians are particularly dedicated to the history of the Observatory and in reaching as wide a public as possible.
Peter’s, and the artist’s work on this project will be represented by engravings and a remarkable 16th-century wooden model made by the artist himself with the carpenters of the Fabbrica di San Pietro.
The exhibition features a unique, large-scale copy of the fresco painted in oil by Marcello Venusti in 1549, which provides documentation of Michelangelo’s original work before another artist, Daniele da Volterra, was tasked with painting over the nudity in the mid-1560s.
In the period of four years from the setting up of the library in 1815, the collection grew by 195 works, amounting to 620 works in total, including monographs and periodicals.
Today, the OAC library is an important center of scientific research in Naples and southern Italy open to researchers, students, science historians and a wide public of users.
Today, much of the Farnese collection of classical sculpture is housed in the National Archaeological Museum, Naples, while the extraordinarily fine art collection is shown at the Capodimonte Museum.
Organization & Funding This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, with the collaboration of the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples.