The grotesque masterpieces by Caravaggio, Luca Giordano, Carlo Sellitto, Fabrizio Santafede and Battistello Caracciolo are indeed the main feature of Pio Monte della Misericordia. The church was originally a charity brotherhood: hence, paintings and sculptures depict scenes of charity and aid. However, the typical Neapolitan bitter-sweet sense for religion, humanitarianism and death transpires at every corner of the building. Its museum also hosts exhibitions and workshops.
The Seven Works of Mercy
One of Caravaggio’s most important paintings, the Seven Works of Mercy is the altarpiece of Pio Monte della Misericordia. It represents seven compassionate acts inspired by grace. Despite the author’s trademark gloom, the light of mercy cuts through the diffuse chiaroscuro bringing hope to the hopeless. The legacy of mutual aid and support lives on, since Pio Monte della Misericordia maintains its mission to help the poor.
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Time to Explore: About 1 hour.
Top Tips: Outstanding views of the artwork from the balconies on the vault.