The museum Pio Monte della Misericordia is one of the oldest of Naples. It was born as a charity institute at the time of the Reformation, at the behest of a group of young Neapolitan nobles. The museum include one of the most important private Italian Collections: there are magnificent paintings from the Neapolitan school of the 17th century, including Caravaggio’s “Seven Works of Mercy”.
The old building is ample and stunning: at the ground floor there’s a portico in piperno with five arches; on the first floor there’s the collection of paintings of the Pio Monte della Misericordia, composed by ten rooms.
Inside the complex there’s also a church, built in the 17th-century by Francesco Antonio Picchiati. Just as you walk inside the church, you are invaded by a magic atmosphere that takes you back to the time when the Pio Monte della Misericordia was founded, in order to carry out its noble task of mercy. The six chapels of the church illuminate and expose paintings by the italian artist Battistello Caracciolo, which illustrates the charities that were and are still exercised by the institution. But first, the eye is drawn and focuses on the main altar, behind which there’s the canvas of the Caravaggio’s masterpiece, the “Seven Works of Mercy”. What immediately surprises about the canvas is that it seems a scene shot right from the crowded streets of Naples.
On the first floor, there’s the museums, with its picture gallery, its living rooms and 140 unique paintings, which are the result of donations from the 16th and 17th centuries. One of the most important parts of the collection of the museum are the collection of the painter Francesco De Mura, whom donated it to the Pio Monte della Misericordia in 1782, and the works of art donated by Maria Sofia Capece Galeota in 1933.
Via dei Tribunali, 253–80139 Napoli-Italy
Tel + 39 081446973 Fax + 39 081445517 081446944–+39.
Schedules and prices:
Open every day including holidays: 9:00–14:30
Ticket office closes at 14.00
Closed on Wednesdays, December 24–25–31, January 1, Easter Sunday.
Full price tickets cost € 5.00;
concessions € 4.00;
reduced: € 3.00;
school groups: € 1.50 (free for accompanying persons);
free (associates of Pio Monte della Misericordia, disabled with escort, tour guides from the Campania region, children up to 6 years).
Audio guide service is included in the ticket in Italian, English and French.
Reservations required only for groups starting from 10 units.