Museo Matris Domini, Bergamo

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The Museo Matris Domini is housed in the oldest section of the Dominican convent of the same name, situated in the city centre of Bergamo, Italy. It is administered by the nuns of the foundation.
The museum preserves a series of 13th and 14th Century frescoes which were uncovered in a 1973 restoration of what was thought to have been the old refectory and a small church within the monastery. The reappearance of these paintings was highly significant as they are amongst the earliest surviving examples of wall painting in the province of Bergamo and indeed in Lombardy as a whole.
Outstanding for their pictorial and emotion qualities are fragments from what must have been a depiction of the Last Judgment: the Just, the Blessed, two Angels with trumpets (which are of particular beauty), Saint Peter Enthroned, and Hell, all attributed to the Master of the Tree of Life.
There is another series of frescoes of great emotive and narrative quality, representing Jesus among the Doctors, the Baptism, the Virgin and Child Enthroned, Saint Catherine of Alexandria upon the Wheel, Saint Martin and the Pauper, Jesus entering Jerusalem, and the Miracle of the reanimation of Napoleone Orsini by Saint Dominic, showing the young man falling from his horse. These works, together with the Visitation, have been attributed to the so-called First Master of Abbey of Chiaravalle, an anonymous artist active in Lombardy circa 1320-30, and known only through these works, as well as frescoes in San Marco, Milan and in the eponymous Abbey of Chiaravalle.
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  • Beautiful frescoes, horrible lighting design.
  • On the second day of the arrival, visited the ancient Dominican monastery of the mother of God. The exposition of the Museum, located in the oldest part of the monastery, includes many beautiful frescoes, considered the oldest in Bergamo. initially, the refectory, then laundry the old Dominican convent, the building dates back to the second half of the 13th century (extended in the 14th and 17th centuries). Church frescoes XII, XIV and XVI century which depict the story of the Virgin Mary and Christ. these and other architectural finds were discovered during the last restoration, now they frame vintage stained-glass Windows on the façade and part of the original ceiling of baked clay with wooden beams. this spirit of antiquity around me; really enjoyed the status of frescos and energy of quiet Museum, where there are no crowds.
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  • A magical place, too bad it's hardly open due to tight schedules, but he is part of a monastery of the religious needs take priority
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  • The Museum opened in 2000, contains frescoes of XIII-XIV centuries. detached from the old refectory and the Church of the monastery which are among the rarest and most significant contemporary documents of Bergamo. Also worth seeing are the beautiful 14th-century polychrome glass rods that adorned the old apse of the Church, the oldest in Lombardy. The sister who drove me was very friendly and helpful in providing all the information on the frescoes even though I was the only visitor at that time.
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  • cute, I recommend to see
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