San Severo Chapel In Naples
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San Severo Chapel In Naples

Considered the second, as a masterpiece, only the Sistine Chapel in Rome, it appears to be rather first in the national ranking of Choice Travel Advisor, famous traveler handbook. Tourists from all over the world are willing to wait long endless rows often up to 300 meters just to admire the fascinating works of art in this church now deconsecrated.

But what makes it so fascinating?

According to Fabrizio Masucci, the owner and operator of the structure, the success of the Chapel is its "exclusivity" the path that is done to get there, Spaccanapoli, makes it even more charming and attractive in the eyes of Italian, but also in the eyes of foreigners, which thanks to social media are learning to know her.

Specifically, Baroque, brilliant and mysterious Cappella Sansevero leave the tourists in awe, amazed and excited.

The Chapel owes much of its extraordinary beauty to the controversial figure and ingenious Prince Raimondo di Sangro, seventh prince of Sansevero, who in 1744 decided to start work on a revision of the structure. Sansevero connected to the palace by a suspension bridge collapsed today, is situated in the heart of the historic center of Naples, in via De Sanctis, near the San Domenico Maggiore Basilica.

Raimondo di Sangro was a crucial figure in the chapel decorated military man, editor and Mason dedicated his entire life to the experiments in the fields of art and science. Around his figure they were created stories and legends which are of particular interest sull'ingegno of this man and at the same time on his cruelty. It is said, that often the Prince engages in various kinds of experiments on the human body, as evidenced by the anatomical machines that two bodies in the structure, of which you can observe in great detail the entire circulatory system.

Legend has it that Di Sangro for this experiment decided to kill two of his servants, a man and a woman, and then had them embalmed in order to show and observe veins, arteries and capillaries. Probably these experiments were conducted in the company of real doctors who flanked the Prince in searches.

And it is just around the magical and brilliant figure of the Prince who is also born the legend linked to one of the largest and most spectacular masterpieces in the Chapel, the famous Veiled Christ, a unique sculpture created in 1753, through the work of a young and unknown artist from Naples Giuseppe Sammartino, who was' commissioned the construction of "a marble statue carved life-size, representing our Lord Jesus Christ who died, covered by a transparent shroud made from the same block of the statue" a work of inestimable beauty that drew the attention and admiration of artists from around the world.

To make the story of this masterpiece even more interesting and mysterious, are the legends that have spread over time, one regarding its implementation, and the other on the tragic end of his sculptor. According to the first legend in fact the realization of the Veiled Christ, is associated with an agreement of cooperation between the secret Neapolitan artist and Prince, the creation of the veil which apparently seems soft, fluffy and shows off body and the suffering of Christ, is be attributed to the Prince, who through an alchemical process has contributed to the "marbling" of the Veil, making it incredibly true-similar.

Actually the splendor of the Veiled Christ is exclusively the work of the Sammartino chisel talent that has worked a single block of marble, its realization is certainly also and above all the fruit of his client and the keen interest he felt for the art world. ( like visiting Naples and the chapel )

The second legend about the realization of the work proposes a history of cruelty out of control of the Prince, who, after the construction of the statue, realizing the inestimable beauty of the work, decided to blind the Sammartino to avoid it to play for other works of equal beauty.


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