From prayer to presence
in The matter of miracles
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This chapter argues for a new form of patronage by the Seggi working together for specific institutional ends. It explores the chapel's implication of the Seggi in its orchestration and production of civic holiness, which was partly an aristocratization of spirituality and partly a re-energization of a dialogue with the divine in urban terms. The extraordinary over-life-size sculpture of Cardinal Oliviero Carafa kneeling in prayer dominates the interior of the chapel. Cardinal Oliviero's chapel, known as the Succorpo, unequivocally announced the Carafa clan's acquisition of Gennaro's relics and staged its audacious spiritual, cultural, and political claim to be his rightful custodians and heirs. It was the Deputazione del Tesoro di San Gennaro, or Deputation of the Treasury of San Gennaro, that linked the Seggi to the Treasury Chapel, and thus the sacred to the secular, the chapel to the city.

The matter of miracles

Neapolitan baroque architecture and sanctity


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