The extraordinary interior of the church begins with Valdés Leal’s Allegories of Death. The whole is capped by the main altarpiece, work of Bernardo Simón de Pineda and Pedro Roldán.
|La Caridad is linked inseparably to Miguel Mañara, one of the wealthiest people in Seville at that time. After his wife’s death in 1661, he abandoned his worldly life and dedicated himself to helping the poor. His spirit is still present in the everyday workings of the home, in customs such as members of the Brotherhood feeding the poor and infirm who are residents there and the spartan funerals of the members of the Brotherhood, a Baroque funeral rite still extant in modern Seville. The extraordinary interior of the church begins with Valdés Leal’s Allegories of Death and continue with Acts of Mercy with canvasses by Murillo, most of which were looted by the French Marshall Soult during the Napoleonic invasion. The whole is capped by the main altarpiece, work of Bernardo Simón de Pineda and Pedro Roldán which culminates the acts of mercy in the burial of the dead, the original purpose of the Brotherhood being the burial of executed criminals and people found drowned.|