Royal Archconfraternity of SS. John the Baptist and Evangelist of the Knights of Malta ad Honorem of Catanzaro
(attached to the Lateran Archbasilica)
It has a seventeenth-century altar with a stucco pediment, in the center of which is the nineteenth-century statue of the Addolorata.
It is a very typical representation in the popular devotion of Southern Italy. With her “seven sorrows” the Virgin Mary is seen as a participant in human suffering and above all she is venerated as a sublime model in love and in the gift of herself. Above, in the cymatium, you can see the coat of arms of the Carmelite Order.
The altar has, below the table, at the height of the frontal, a wooden case which preserves a statue by the Lecce sculptor Pietro Indino , depicting the Deposed Christ (20th century).
On the right side, a valuable canvas of excellent workmanship, depicting the Ecce Homo (18th century). For the meaning of the Ecce Homo, you can see the chapel of Santa Rita, on the opposite side.
At the bottom, always on the right, a niche houses a wooden crucifix from the 18th century, initially housed in the central niche of the Baptistery chapel.
On the left wall, above, a canvas depicting the Passion of Christ by the Lecce master Salvatore Miglietta (20th century).
Below, a second niche which houses the bust of the Ecce Homo in papier-mâché, of local manufacture (18th century).
In the cavity placed in the nave, in front of this chapel, interesting traces of a fresco depicting the Holy Virgin can be hardly noticed . with the Child, which could be an ancient depiction of the Madonna of Constantinople, prior to the construction of this church.