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The church

The most outstanding part of the church is the beautiful cupola, which was entirely tiled with bright yellow, green and blue majolica, according the baroque style. The facade is made of plain walls, crossed by darker parts around the windows, as Di Palma wanted. The architrave of the portal is adorned by a sculpture representing the Virgin.
The inside part of Donnaromita church was restored in 1930. During these works all the Baroque reconstruction was eliminated in order to bring to the light the ancient architectural style. As a result, now the church ornaments are of an indefinite style, because of all this melting. The ceiling must have been were simple in the 16th century, as an evidence we have just one angel figure found out during recent works in the church. The ceiling shows one of the most prestigious examples of the 16th century Neapolitan art. It's an inlaid wood work made by Giovan Andrea Magliuolo in 1587. He was the author of a similar work inSt Gregorio Armeno church. Between the inlays there are three frescoes made by the Flemish painter Teodoro D'Errico. The two frescoes of the central nave are of outstanding beauty; entitled Virtł and the Adorazione dei Magi were made by Francesco De Mura. The harmonic colours mark the personal style of this artist who had already abandoned Solimena's style, his master. The frescoes of the cupola were made by Luca Giordano in 1690 and some of them were finished by his pupil Giuseppe Simonelli. The most beautiful among them is probably The Jews victory over Canaan's king and Deborah's triumph. It was entirely made the master Giordano, who drew some sketches before painting this master piece, now displayed in the Museum of Prado. We know that Giordano made some sketches for all the frescoes of the apse and they were used by the painters who completed the church decoration.
The major altar (of which today we can admire only two side angels., because the marbles were stolen) and the floor covered with polychrome majolica by Giovanni Massa are an example of Baroque taste. We find a similar majolica floor in the three side chapels, adorned with beautiful paintings, some of which are displayed in some museums.
Donnaromita church houses so many art works that it would be impossible to mention all of them. But before leaving the church it's worth spending some time near the burial monuments of the del Doce family..

Bibliography

Napoli Sacra
, volume 6°, Elio de Rosa editore, Napoli, 1994.

 


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