Museo Cappella Sansevero, Naples

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A treasure chest of art and science, Museo Cappella Sansevero houses almost 30 significant works of art, among which are three notable late-Baroque statues. These intriguing sculptures were created with a marble-like substance known for its tissue-like quality, invented by Raimondo di Sangro, a prominent inventor and scientist. He spent the last years of his life reconstructing and decorating this chapel. Arguably the site's most notable piece, a sculpture of Christ covered with a thin shroud is a masterpiece created by Giuseppe Sanmartino, a distinguished sculptor of the Baroque period. The chapel also contains an exhibit of anatomical models of a mature man and a pregnant woman, their skeletons encased in hardened arteries and veins made of beeswax, iron wire, and silk. Tickets can be purchased on site, but if you want to avoid a long wait, book online well in advance. Put Museo Cappella Sansevero on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Naples driving holiday planner.
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  • Beautiful sculptures in a very small museum. Can't believe how well done they are. The cost is sort of high for the size but still well worth it. Made a reservation ahead of time and got in early. 
    Beautiful sculptures in a very small museum. Can't believe how well done they are. The cost is sort of high for the size but still well worth it. Made a reservation ahead of time and got in early.  more »
  • Have to make a reservation hours before visiting. Too expensive just to see a small number of statues. The main statue is amazing (Veilled Christ) but not woth the money. 
    Have to make a reservation hours before visiting. Too expensive just to see a small number of statues. The main statue is amazing (Veilled Christ) but not woth the money.  more »
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  • I've been fortunate enough to visit some majestic cathedrals and churches in my life and have gazed upon many of the masterpieces within them. However, the Veiled Christ is likely my favorite piece ever. After a visit with my children, I raved for years and one day convinced my wife to go. I could sense her hesitation as it's "just another religious carving". On the surface, that's certainly the case. After she visited, her tune changed and she agrees it's simply magnificent. The delicate features, gentle folds of the sheet, agony somehow conveyed through thick marble - all just utterly spectacular. The other carvings around are really quite impressive as well and the ceiling is just amazing. But everything pales in comparison to the Veiled Christ. It costs a few euros to get in and you can't take photographs, but don't miss out on this. It really is that wonderful.
  • A beautiful funerary chapel with some stunning statuary. The chapel contains some of the finest marble sculptures anywhere on earth. Particularly famous are the Veiled Christ and the Release from Deception. All of the statuary here is beautiful, but the Release from Deception, showing a man freeing himself from a net, all carved from a single block of marble, is so delicately intricate that it takes the breath away. For those who love sculpture, this is a must. The anatomical engines in the lower levels are also macabrely fascinating.

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