The Chamber of Secrets into the heart of Naples.

The Chamber of Secrets into the heart of Naples.

The Chamber of Secrets into the heart of Naples.

Libro copertina Cristo Velato

Sansevero Chapel and the Veiled Christ in Naples


The most mysterious, seductive and highest Baroque art

The most complete volume on the Sansevero Chapel Museum in Naples made thanks to the new and exclusive photographic campaign by Scripta Maneant. The Sansevero Chapel, that is a treasure chest of baroque beauty, fascination, and mystery, preserves the Veiled Christ, the sculptural masterpiece by Giuseppe Sanmartino (1753), displayed in these pages with a richness of details and angles that offer a suggestive experience and a strong emotional effect. With the aim of sharing the beauties of Italian artistic heritage with readers and with those who protect our treasures, Scripta Maneant has handed over the new photographic campaign to the Museum as a valid tool for scientific survey and for artistic preservation.


  • Editor’s note

  • Raimondo di Sangro: a life at work

  • The soft magic of misterious things

  • The chamber of secrets

  • Introduction

  • The counter-façade

  • The pathway and Virtues of the ‘chamber of secrets’

  • The High Altar

  • The tombs of Raimondo and Vincenzo di Sangro

  • The labyrinthine floor

  • The vault of the revelation

  • The Veiled Christ

  • The Anatomical Machines and the crypt

  • The paintings

  • Artists and collaborators

  • Conclusion

  • Annotated bibliography

  • Captions

Technical Features

  • Size 31 x 45 cm

  • Pages 244

  • Illustrations in 1:1 scale, full and double page

  • Bilingual edition Italian - English


Marco Bussagli Art historian, is a full professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. A scholar of iconology, he was student at the Warburg and Courtauld Institute in London in 1989 and taught Iconology and History of Art at various Universities. He is credited with over two hundred publications translated into various languages. He has curated successful exhibitions such as Barocco a Roma. La meraviglia delle arti, Rome, Palazzo Sciarra (in collaboration with Maria Grazia Bernardini) and Escher (Rome, Chiostro del Bramante). He is Cavaliere of the Italian Republic for artistic and scientific merits.

The new unpublished images, the definitive volume

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