Italians have always been masters of the art. From Michelangelo to Leonardo Da Vinci, we have always been astounded with the hoard of genius that the country has produced over the years. But while these are extremely famous, there are other sculptors who are less famous but equally amazing. One of them is Genoese artist Francesco Queirolo, who built the exemplary Il Disinganno in the Cappella Sansevero, situated in Naples. The marble masterpiece, depicts a man who breaks free from his nets with the help of an angel. An allusion to nirvana, maybe?
Historians and museum curators are of the opinion that the marble sculpture took 7 years to build, and we do understand why it took so much time. What is even more impressive is that it was actually brought over to the Chapel Museum without breaking a single speck of it.
The pictures are breathtaking but are nothing compared to the actual marble masterpiece. Let’s take a look:
In the first picture, we can see the angel assisting the man in his struggle to get rid of the nets. It is quite possible that the sculpted book beside it could be a portion of the Bible.
The picture zooms in on the man’s struggle to get rid of the nets. He is seen trying to remove it from his head with an expression of discomfort on his face.
The camera then zooms in on the nets itself. The intricacies of the net are highly impressive. It is quite impossible to be recreated with such precision.
As the camera pans in on the man, we can understand that he must be someone special and not a simple commoner. This can be deduced simply from the way the face has been sculpted.
The next picture is the same sculpture in daylight, casting shadows on the ground and looking even more ephemeral.
This picture is important because it symbolizes the man’s struggle to get rid of earthly bonds as his foot is over the world with the Bible just beside it.
The Nets of Bondage
It again zooms in on the nets, which apart from being really, really precise also signify the bonds of society, religion, nature, and life itself.
Quite possibly the famous ‘Veil of Truth’, this sculpture represents Truth as a naked woman covered with a veil that symbolizes that truth is always hidden. The veiled woman is joined with a Bible. But what is striking is the chain of roses that is braided on the veil. Does it mean that the illusion can be beautiful?
The next image is a close-up of the face of the woman. It doesn’t look like she is in any form of discomfort. Rather, she appears to be serene and peaceful. Maybe she knows that the truth will always come out one day.
The next image appears to be a school of sorts. For the woman is seen teaching a child who has a book in his hands. But what probably gives it away is the inscription of ‘Education’ and ‘Discipline’ engraved on the bottom.
The Sleeping Truth
The next two images are of the same sculpture, where one zooms in on the face representing it as the veiled woman. She appears to be sleeping there. Was that a contemporary allusion to a discreet lack of justice in the Italian judiciary?
The way the chamber has been designed represents the sculptures holding a court of sorts where the central figure is cordoned off. More special than the rest?