Frescoes in the church of Nunziatella, Naples
by Francesco de MURA

The original Baroque church of the Jesuits was built in 1588. At the beginning of the eighteenth century it underwent a complete modernization, including the building of a new church. This longitudinal structure, begun in 1713 after a design by Arcangelo Guglielmelli, was provided with opulent interior decoration under the direction of the painter and architect Ferdinando Sanfelice (1675-1748). The frescoes in the apse were executed by Francesco de Mura. The unified and splendid nature of the decor is considered to be the most imposing example in Naples of the transition between the Baroque and the Rococo.

After the suppression of the Jesuit order the complex around the church became the Royal Military College (Scuola Militare Nunziatella) and the church became the chapel of military institute. Originally the church was dedicated to the Virgin of the Annunciation, but it is popularly known as the Nunziatella to distinguish it from the Basilica of Santissima Annunziata Maggiore.

Francesco de Mura began painting the apse calotte in the Nunziatella in 1731 which he completed next year. He began the second phase in the fresco painting of the Nunziatella in 1749, one that had been envisioned since 1726. In this phase he painted the vault.

The iconographic concept on which the decoration is based is distinctly Jesuit in character. In the apse calotte the Adoration of the Kings, on the nave vault the Assumption of the Virgin are represented. In the half-lunettes flanking the fašade-wall window appear the Rest on the Flight into Egypt and The Holy Family at Work.

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View of the nave and choir
1732
Fresco
Church of Nunziatella, Naples


Adoration of the Kings
1732
Fresco
Church of Nunziatella, Naples


Adoration of the Kings (detail)
1732
Fresco
Church of Nunziatella, Naples


Adoration of the Kings (detail)
1732
Fresco
Church of Nunziatella, Naples


Assumption of the Virgin Attended by the Apostles
1732
Fresco
Church of Nunziatella, Naples


Assumption of the Virgin Attended by the Apostles (detail)
1732
Fresco
Church of Nunziatella, Naples


Rest on the Flight into Egypt
1732
Fresco
Church of Nunziatella, Naples


The Holy Family at Work
1732
Fresco
Church of Nunziatella, Naples


Fides
1732
Fresco
Church of Nunziatella, Naples


Caritas
1732
Fresco
Church of Nunziatella, Naples


Personification of Mansuetudo
1732
Fresco
Church of Nunziatella, Naples


Personification of Abundantia
1732
Fresco
Church of Nunziatella, Naples


Personification of Spes
1732
Fresco
Church of Nunziatella, Naples


Personification of Justitia
1732
Fresco
Church of Nunziatella, Naples



Paintings by Francesco de MURA
Frescoes in the church of Nunziatella, Naples
Various paintings



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