Calendar Di Meo: a work of art…long twelve months


A work of art long … twelve months. E ‘was presented in one of the temples of international culture, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the thirteenth calendar made by the cultural “Di Meo Vini ad Arte“. A masterpiece that this year will strengthen the relationship between the English capital and the former capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, through the photographs of photographer Massimo Listri, true master of photography of architecture and environments. His images evoke the Naples end of ‘700. The same city beloved by Sir William Hamilton, a great collector of paintings and very much appreciated by the visitors of the Grand Tour, then amazed by the charm, just come to light, of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

The Partenope of Sir William Hamilton returns, therefore, to live in “A Grand Tour around Vesuvius – Lystra inside Hamilton’s Naples“. And never been more appropriate title for this to identify a calendar that represents a real photographic journey through the most beautiful and significant of the capital of Campania, like the Royal Palace and the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, but also the Royal Palaces of Caserta and Capodimonte, the Villa Campolieto in Ercolano, ending with other picturesque sites of cultural interest of Terra Felix as the Casino of San Leucio, the Piscina Mirabilis of Bacoli, the Royal Summer Residence of Carditello and the Certosa di San Martino.

Among the special calendar Di Meo stands out the photograph of the Villa Hamilton in Dessau-Wörlitz, twin homonymous Villa Hamilton at Posillipo, built in one of the first and largest English gardens of Europe, during the reign of Prince Elector Leopold III of Anhalt-Dessau. It is a copy, in all respects, identical villa owned by Hamilton in Posillipo, dedicated to his wife Emma.


A path, therefore, on the route of the Grand Tour, one undertaken by Massimo Listri, which revives the same magic with which the ambassador Hamilton told his experience bell in the letters of correspondence with the British Crown. Letters, those of Sir William Hamilton, who courtesy of National Archives Image Library, enrich the 2015 edition of the calendar in their manuscript version and unpublished, translated by one of the greatest scholars and essayists of Hamilton, Carlo Knight.

Generoso Di Meo, gynecologist, fond of music and art, is also the owner of the winery Di Meo. And just to pay homage to the full figure of Sir William Hamilton, on the feast of London, was also presented a label, combined with a special wine-making, created in the cellars Di Meo. This is precisely the “Selection Hamilton” Taurasi Riserva (2007 vintage), produced in limited edition and collectible (500 cases of 6 bottles each) that will go in conjunction with the 2015 edition of the Calendar Di Meo.

The calendar promoted by the cultural “Di Meo Wines to Art”, over the years has established itself thanks to the breathtaking and amazing international events that accompanied its growth, since its debut in 2003 in the farm of Salza to the most recent parties presentation in New York (2007), Marrakech (2010), Berlin (2011) up to the success of the last edition staged at the National Museum in Warsaw. Also this year, the preface to the calendar has been enriched by presentations by leading figures from the world of art and culture, as Vittorio Sgarbi, offering interesting critical insights about the author, introducing the common thread that unites the Naples Hamilton with today’s immortalized by Listri.