Located in the heart of the ancient center of Naples, the Sansevero Chapel Museum is a jewel of international artistic heritage. Baroque creativity and dynastic pride, beauty and mystery intertwine, creating a unique, almost timeless atmosphere here.
Among masterpieces such as the famous Veiled Christ, whose image has gone around the world for the prodigious "weaving" of the marble veil, wonders of virtuosity such as the Disenchantment and enigmatic presences such as the Anatomical Machines, the Sansevero Chapel represents one of the most singular monuments that human ingenuity has ever conceived.
A noble mausoleum, an initiatory temple in which is admirably transfused the multifaceted personality of its brilliant creator: Raimondo di Sangro, seventh prince of Sansevero.
THE VEILED CHRIST
The Veiled Christ is one of the most famous masterpieces that can be admired if you visit the Sansevero Chapel Museum in the historic center of Naples.
The Sansevero Chapel Museum is a jewel of international artistic heritage. Baroque creativity and dynastic pride, beauty and mystery intertwine, creating here a unique atmosphere, almost out of time.
The image of the Veiled Christ has gone around the world because of the prodigious "weaving" of the marble veil. Placed in the center of the nave of the Sansevero Chapel, the Veiled Christ is one of the best known and most striking works in the world. In the intentions of the commissioner, the statue was to be executed by Antonio Corradini, who had already sculpted Modesty for the prince. However, Corradini died in 1752 and only had time to finish a terracotta sketch of the Christ, which is now in the Museum of San Martino.
So it was that Raimondo di Sangro commissioned a young Neapolitan artist, Giuseppe Sanmartino, to make "a life-size sculpted marble statue representing Our Lord Jesus Christ dead, covered by a transparent shroud made from the same block as the statue."