American Friends of Capodimonte (AFC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to contribute to the growth and success of one of the world’s greatest museums. We are a group of scholars and art lovers dedicated to sharing Capodimonte’s world-class collection as well as raising and maintaining funds for the Museum. 


In 2017, AFC launched a Post Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship Program at the Capodimonte Museum. We are the first and only American organization to place talented, young American art historians directly inside an Italian museum. These rising stars bring the best of American ingenuity, professionalism and forward-thinking to the Italian museum environment. 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.