Caravaggio's works in Naples: here's how long you can admire them

Seven works of mercy

Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio, he was one of the greatest painters in the history of Italian art, he is in fact considered one of the most important representatives of Western art and precursor of the baroque.

During his artistic career, Caravaggio spent part of his life in Naples, in particular in 1606 where he stayed for a year in Spanish Neighborhoods and then returned in 1609, remaining in the city until 1610, in the last period of his activity.

In Naples the artist created several works, three of these are permanent in the city, while a fourth will be open to visitors for a limited period. Let's see together what it is.

The works to admire

The Martyrdom of Sant'Orsola

The Martyrdom of Sant'Orsola it was created by Caravaggio in 1610 and is the artist's last painting before his death. The work is currently preserved at Galleries of Italy in Palazzo Piacentini in via Toledo in Naples, headquarters of Bank of Naples.

It was commissioned by the banker Marcantonio Doria and Saint Ursula was chosen because she was the protector of the family. The painting was completed in a very short time because Caravaggio was about to leave for Porto Ercole, the place where he later died.

The Flagellation of Christ

The Flagellation of Christ is another famous work by Caravaggio, it was composed between 1606 and 1607. This painting was commissioned by Tommaso De Franchis to display in the family chapel in the courtyard of the Church of San Domenico Maggiore in Naples.

The work is normally preserved in the National Museum of Capodimonte but until May 31, 2024 you will have the opportunity to admire it at the Donnaregina Museum of Naples.

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The seven works of mercy

The seven works of mercy it is a beautiful work composed by Caravaggio between 1606 and 1607 and is currently preserved at the Pio Monte della Misericordia of Naples.

This is the first work created by the artist as soon as he arrived in Naples, commissioned by the Congregation of Pio Monte della Misericordia at the behest of Luigi Carafa-Colonna. It is a work with a great emotional impact in which they are all represented the seven corporal works of mercy, projected into a hypothetical Neapolitan city scenario.

The taking of Christ

The taking of Christ is a painting by Caravaggio dating back to 1602 which is inspired by the story of the Passion of Christ. The work can be visited until 16 June 2024 at the Banco di Napoli Foundation in Via dei Tribunali. The scene represented is the moment ofarrest of Jesus in the Garden of Olives.

All information regarding visits can be consulted on the official websites of the Museums present in the text of the article.

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Written by Serena De Luca
Image source: MilanGuide
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