Sansevero Chapel Museum and Veiled Christ
In via Francesco de Sanctis, in the heart of the historic center of Naples, it is possible to admire a real “jewel” of baroque architecture: the Sansevero Chapel Museum.
The Sansevero Chapel Museum, today a deconsecrated church, is full of marvelous masterpieces including: the Pudicizia, the Disinganno, the Anatomical Machines but, above all, the veiled Christ made in 1753 by Giuseppe Sanmartino
The marble sculpture of the veiled Christ is a unique work of its kind, capable of spreading emotion in the eyes and soul of the viewer, managing to convey the sense of drama and a huge emotion. The sculptor succeeded, working on a single block of marble, to give life to a life-size statue that represents the lifeless body of Jesus Christ lying on a bed and covered with an extraordinary transparent veil in marble. It is above all the details of the marble sculpture that strike the observer: the swollen vein and still throbbing on the forehead, the marks of the nails on the feet and hands, the hollow cost. Furthermore, at the foot of the sculpture, we find the tools of the torture: the crown of thorns, a pincer and the nails. This exceptional work of art is one of the most famous and evocative in the world and is able to excite art lovers and simple spectators.