21 April, 2011
Today I visited the Sansevero Chapel Museum, the National Archaeological Museum of Naples and the Hermann Nitsch Museum of Modern Art.
The Cappella Sansevera contains a most amazing and beautiful piece of marble sculpture (Cristo Velato or Veiled Christ) as well as other stunning pieces such as Disillusion (showing a man escaping the net of sin), Modesty (showing a young woman with a far away look), a riotous painted fresco ceiling and the two curious and detailed “Anatomical Machines” (which seem like an 18th century version of von Hagen’s “Plastinator” technique for making the interior of the body visible). Photography was not allowed but you can Google for images.
The Archaeological museum contained early centuries AD Roman statues (from Rome, Pompeii and Herculaneum), many copied from Classical period Greek originals, as well as mosaics and paintings from Pompeii.
The Nitsch Museum contained material that was shocking and thought provoking. There was a lot of blood involved. Better not to proceed if you are squeamish about that sort of thing. The location was great with a superb view of Naples across to the bay.