Pio Monte della Misericordia

sights / Religious

Pio Monte della Misericordia information

Location
Naples , Italy
Address
Via dei Tribunali 253
Telephone
+390 81 44 69 44
Getting there
Bus: C55 to Via Duomo
More information
www.piomontedellamisericordia.it
Prices
admission €6
Opening hours
9am-2pm Thu-Tue
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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.