Pio Monte della Misericordia
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Pio Monte della Misericordia information
The 1st floor of this octagonal, 17th-century church houses a small, satisfying collection of Renaissance and baroque art, including works by Francesco de Mura, Giuseppe de Ribera and Paul van Somer. Yet it's the painting above the main altar that steals the show: Caravaggio's masterpiece, Le Sette Opere di Misericordia (The Seven Acts of Mercy), considered by many to be the single most important painting in Naples.
Magnificently demonstrating the artist's chiaroscuro style, which had a revolutionary impact in Naples, the composition was considered unique in its ability to illustrate the various acts in one seamlessly choreographed scene. Also on display in the 1st-floor gallery is the Declaratoria del 14 Ottobre 1607 , an original church document acknowledging payment of 400 ducats to Caravaggio for the masterpiece.