American Friends of Capodimonte is a non-profit organization that exists to bring awareness of the museum of Capodimonte and its incredible treasures to an English-speaking audience. We are a group of scholars and art enthusiasts dedicated to sharing the collections as well as raising and maintaining funds for the Museum. 


In 2017, AFC launched a Post Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship Program at the Capodimonte. Information on how to apply for this can be found on our website. We also arrange educational trips for our supporting members to visit the museum and surrounding areas in Naples. Check our events page to learn about upcoming trips.

Our Board

Sylvain Bellenger is the current Director of the Capodimonte Museum and works closely with our organization. 

In 1980, Bellenger visited the museum as a young philosophy professor, having studied at University of Paris IV-Sorbonne. According to him, it was on his first trip to Capodimonte that he was inspired to become an Art Historian. Prior to Bellenger's appointment at Capodimonte, he served as Curator of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Medieval through Modern European Painting and Sculpture. Bellenger's primary goal as Director is to promote the Capodimonte Museum and its incredible environs.