Chapel of San Severo

 In Afternoon, Historical Center, Morning, Museum

DOBEDOOLocated in the heart of Naples, behind the church of San Domenico Maggiore, there is one of the most striking chapels in the city, which contains one of the most fascinating secrets in the history of Partenope: Chapel of San Severo.

The chapel of San Severo belonged to the family of the same name and was conceived not only as a place of worship, but, above all, as a testimony rich in symbolism that wants to tell, through the centuries, the greatness of the family and the artistic inspiration of Raimondo di Sangro. Seventh Prince of San Severo, creator and commissioner of the main works that we find today inside the chapel.

It stands out above all that of the famous “Veiled Christ“, created by Giuseppe Sanmartino in 1753, capable of transferring unique emotions and recognized as one of the great sculptural masterpieces in the world such that at that time possessed great admirers such as Antonio Canova.

The work is obtained from a single marble block and depicts Jesus, covered by a veil that adheres to all its forms, thus highlighting the signs of martyrdom. Given the mastery of the sculptor who makes the veil transparent, it is possible to see beyond it, this particular perfectly manages to convey the suffering experienced by Christ before the Crucifixion.

The veil brings with it various legends that are connected to the stories that have concerned the Prince of San Severo and his propensity to the world of alchemy. Among the many stories, fueled by the imagination of the Neapolitan people, there is the one that the same Prince blinded the sculptor to prevent him from realizing another similar masterpiece.

Address:
Via Francesco De Sanctis, 19/21, 80134 Naples

Price:
Ordinary ticket: € 7.00
Children from 10 to 25 years: € 5.00
Artecard: € 5.00
FAI members: € 5.00
Schools: € 3.00
Children up to 9 years: free
Audio guide: € 3.50

Schedule:
Everyday: 9.30 am – 6.30 pm
Last admission allowed up to 30 min. before closing
Closed on Tuesday

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