Seven works of Mercy, Caravaggio
As a licensed Tourist-guide I will recommend today one of the hided treasures of the city of Naples/Italy: the famous masterpiece of Master Michelangelo Meresi called Caravaggio:
The Seven Works of Mercy
are to find in the Private Museum of Pio Monte della Misericordia (Pious Mount of Mercy) Naples/ Italy.
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The complex of Pio Monte della Misericordia (Pious Mont of Mercy) is located in the “Via Tribunale”, close to the Greek-roman center and belongs to a charity institution (fraternity of works of mercy), founded in 1602 by seven aristocrats. The duty of the brotherhood is still today related to the ancient oath – provide help and solidarity to the lower social classes.
By the way: the historic palace was commissioned from the fraternity to the Royal Architect Francesco Antonio Picchiatti, and includes the fashionable baroque church, accomplished with an octagonal cross. The most famous opus is the master piece of Caravaggio, but also other famous painters expand the gallery with their exclusive masterpieces: Ribera, Giordano, Pitloo, Stanzione, Vacaro, Hendrik van Somer and Fracanzano.
Let’s focus the marvelous painting up to the high altar of the church Pio Monte della Misericordia (Pious Mount of Mercy):
The seven works of Mercy done by Caravaggio, find the scenes here:
Two floating angels are protecting Mother Mary and Jesus, observing what happens in the painting called Seven works of Mercy of Caravaggio:
- bury the dead
- feed the hungry
- visit the imprisoned
- give water to the thirsty
- close the naked
- shelter the homeless
- visit the sick
When Michelangelo Meresi called Caravaggio flees from Rome to Naples, he was wanted as murder! Why was he then so considered as Artist by the Neapolitan aristocracy? What happened in this moment with the soul and mind of Caravaggio? What mystery is behind? Did the fraternity have connections with the Masonic lodge?
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Experience: Once you walk through the streets of Naples, you will notice that Caravaggio took as model the faces of the locals, mixed by his mystical “Chiaroscuro” Technic, underlining the strong total contrast between light and dark. Feel the mystery behind this painting!
Caravaggio: Seven works of Mercy
1st. Observe the deacon lightening the dead man’s feet, giving him the eternal rest: Caravaggio is the master of “chiaroscuro” and you are definitely able to imagine how the illumination was done with the oil light. The inconspicuous faces of the natives impressed the painter, which he depicted masterly on the canvas .
2nd and 3rd To feed the hungry, to visit the imprisoned:
Pera, the young roman lady, visits her father Cimone. He was condemned to starve. She saved him with feeding her breast milk. The legend narrates that, thanks to his daughters boldness, he got his freedom from the authorities. The building of a Temple commemorates the goodness of mercy (today Basilica di San Nicola in Carcere, Rome/Italy).
4th To give water to the thirsty:
The jet of water reaches the mouth, the shining eyes reflect relief. Caravaggio’s brilliant expression astonishes again, a sense of thirst comes over the viewer. Furthermore you will find the connection to the parch Samson in the dessert, drinking from the donkeys jaw.
5th To dress the naked:
First of all the scene reminds to Saint Martin of Toulouse, which divides his wrap with the needy and poor. Exiting is the beatific expression of the knight when he dons his coat to the beggar. The spot lights the lean torsos. In addition Michelangelo Meresi from Caravaggio underlines the care for sick people, commissioned by the fraternity.
The landlord shows the traveler with his forefinger, where to find accommodation and mercy. Look at the scallop in the brim of the pilgrim, sign of the follower of San James of Compostella/ Spain.
Information about opening hours and Prices of Pio Monte della Misericordia and Caravaggio with the Seven works of Mercy:
This private Museum is open from Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Entrance fee 2018: € 7,00, children € 5,00
Explore with your private Tour guide more about the live of Caravaggio and his time in Naples. Learn all about the mystery and secrets of the worlds famous Artist, his problems with law as well as his way of artistically expression. Which part holds Sir Ranucci Tomassoni in the life of Caravaggio? Why did he get orders from the fraternity of works of mercy? Did they have connections with the Freemasons in Malta?
Do you know that we have two more Caravaggio in Naples?
Capri, 13th of December 2017
Sources: Electra Pio Monte Misericordia/Napoli, Brochure Pio Monte della Misericordia/ Touringclub Napoli