This sanctuary of extraordinary beauty embodies a contrast between the outer world of Neapolitan noise and confusion and the serenity and tranquility of the cloister garden.
The bright, bold colors with exuberant floral decorations seem in contrast to the silent, introspective world of the cloistered Poor Clares.
Donato took on the task of constructing the cloister and creating the viali (walkways) and as well as the riggiole (hand-painted tiles used for floorings and walls in the region of Campania).
Giuseppe handled the decoration of the 64 columns, …
…bunches of grapes and leafy branches swirling upwards around them…
….as well as 60 maiolica benches, complete with their backings and tittoli di riggiole(those decorated parts in a curved form similar to those of roofs) depicting scenes of bucolic life…
…and seaside scenes..
Although the 1943 bombing destroyed a good part of the adjacent Basilica di Santa Chiara interior, Ferdinando Fuga’s marble pavement in the church survived.
And the splendid maiolica cloister of the convent of Santa Chiara, too: a Baroque masterpiece not to miss on your next Naples trip.
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