Museo Cappella Sansevero, Naples

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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  • Let me start by saying that I'm not an expert in art, but this museum was like being thrown into another dimension. The works are a disarming charm, so lives for you to move. In particular the veiled Christ left me breathless for perfection and attention to detail.
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  • When you say perfection!! There is really to be moved in the face of so much beauty. It would be worthwhile to go to Naples just for that.
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  • You can't go to Naples and beat this concentration of works of art among which the veiled Christ, a true masterpiece. Don't be scared by the tail, flows very quickly.
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  • The Veiled Christ is absolutely a must see. So happy I visited this museum. It can get busy during the summer months but so worth it. Amazing sculptures!
  • The best marble sculptures I have ever seen in my life (and I have seen many). If you've ever felt anything in front of the Pieta, you're going to be dazzled here. I advise to visit with audio guide because the explanation is very interesting, mainly due to the connection of the Count of S. Severo to the freemasonry and alchemy. It is particularly interesting to feel that the chapel is not finished when you see the different recording stages of some low reliefs.
  • Please please visit this place. I really believe that Naples is best discovered on foot. So just seek this place from the old town square and although you might be a little taken aback oby the small size of the place, do not lose heart. Because once you enter, you will find yourself in a room filled with the most intricate and delicate marble statues, you would've (probably) ever seen
  • A sublime experience. The Veiled Christ is a masterpiece and a moving, tear inducing work of sculpture. It is a pity that one cannot take photos. The same city houses three Caravaggio paintings and photography is allowed. For this reason I removed a star. Otherwise this was a pleasant and recommended visit. The nearby cathedrals and Plaza are great stops as well.
  • This Naples museum houses the Veiled Christ, arguably one of the world's finest marble statues. The detail is incredible. There are also some models of skeletons showing detailed veins and arteries which make you wonder how this could be achieved 250years ago.
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