Gallery of Bronzes in the Naples Museum (ca. 1865-1895) (via Cornell University Library) ( here’s how it looks now)
Museums have to change, they’re not time capsules. But there’s something about the cluttered aesthetic of the 19th century that is definitely missed even if, sure, context and history could play second chair to spectacle. But what beautiful spectacles, and through the great archive that is the internet, we can glimpse into those lost galleries even if we can’t wander inside. Here are some views into museum galleries that were so amazing it’s crazy that they’re gone, but for reasons of updating spaces, moving collections, or reimagining a museum’s identity, they are no more.