The Veiled Christ in Naples

Jun 24, 2020 686

Naples is best known for its chaos and pizza, but it is also home to quite a few artistic treasures. One of my favorite sculptures in all of Italy is in a small chapel in the center of Naples: the Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sanmartino.

The Veiled Christ is renowned because it seems almost impossible. How can a sculptor make marble seem transparent? Yet this is exactly what Sanmartino has achieved with his masterpiece – Christ laid down, covered in a shroud that seems so real but so thin that we can still see his still features.

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