Cappella Sansevero

Naples, Italy

The Cappella Sansevero contains works of art by some of the leading Italian artists of the 18th century.

Its origin dates to 1590 when John Francesco di Sangro, Duke of Torremaggiore, after recovering from a serious illness, had a private chapel built in what were then the gardens of the nearby Sansevero family residence, the Palazzo Sansevero. The building was converted into a family burial chapel by Alessandro di Sangro in 1613 (as inscribed on the marble plinth over the entrance to the chapel). Definitive form was given to the chapel by Raimondo di Sangro, Prince of Sansevero, who also included Masonic symbols in its reconstruction. Until 1888 a passageway connected the Sansevero palace with the chapel.

The chapel houses almost thirty works of art, among which are three idiosyncratic sculptures. These statues are emblematic of the love of decoration in late-Baroque, and are made of a marble-like substance that, in whole or in part, was invented by Raimondo. Raimondo also participated in the design of the works of art in the chapel. The Veiled Truth (Pudizia, also called Modesty or Chastity) was completed by Antonio Corradini in 1750 as a tomb monument dedicated to Cecilia Gaetani dell'Aquila d'Aragona, mother of Raimondo. A Christ Veiled under a Shroud (also called Veiled Christ), shows the influence of the veiled Modesty, and was completed in 1753 by Giuseppe Sanmartino. The Release from Deception (Disinganno) by Francesco Queirolo of Genoa serves as a monument to Raimondo's father.

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Founded: 1590
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Daniel Winter (inverno) (4 months ago)
8€ Entry Fee is way too much for this! Check Out the Google Photos and save the money for 2(!) pizzas!
H. D. (6 months ago)
Amazing sculptures but it’s only a small chapel which is not worth 10€ ticket! Comparing what you can see in free churches and chapels, it’s nothing special. The whole visit takes only 10 minutes! Not recommended!
Andrew Phillips (6 months ago)
Must see when in Naples it's not a big place but it is absolutely stuffed with incredible sculptures. The gruesome models of the bodies is also fascinating to know they had this level of understanding of the body. Note you can not take photos in there of any sort and phones off.
Arthit Yodyunyong (6 months ago)
It's actually just 1 hall with incredible fine, realistic, marble sculptures and another hallway where anatomical models are displayed. Very impressive. 8€ ticket. I used the ArteCard and got discounted. No photography allowed and expect a very long long line. You can book the ticket online. It'll let you get inside faster but since the room's quite small you can't get in until someone gets out. And the online ticket costs 2€ more.
Eric Suszka (6 months ago)
There were two very impressive sculptures that are worth seeing if you don’t mind the ticket price. For me, the €8 ticket price was too high for such a small amount of art on display. It only takes about 10 minutes if you really take your time. No pictures allowed either which was disappointing.
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