Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita, Bologna
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Feast your eyes on Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita, Nicholas Ark's incredibly lifelike terracotta scene featuring reactions to Christ's death. Dating from the late 15th century, the figures show acute emotion and ferocious drama atypical of their time. You'll notice influences of the sculpture of Burgundy and the later Donatello. After a long stay in the National Gallery of Bologna, the sculptures have been returned to their original home in the church of Bologna, where you'll find them today. Make Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita a part of your Bologna vacation plans using our Bologna trip itinerary maker.
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  • very impressive, beautiful terra cotta sculpture, impressive expressions of the faces of women!
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  • I visited this church near the Duomo and I'm impressed. It's amazing the plasticity and drama made by Niccolò dell'arca through terracotta compositions. Not to be missed
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  • Near piazza Maggiore, and indeed somewhat hidden (we didn't found it now) is this little church, recognisable by the Blue Dome outside. Inside, there are two things worth seeing if it is Bologna: the Lamentation over the dead Christ by Niccolò dell'arca and the oratorio dei battuti upstairs. You pay 3 € to see these two works but worth it. The late lamented in particular is a fully expressive sculpture that conveys a sense of sadness and melancholy, peering into the faces of various Marie. I loved this church, I recommend it to anyone visiting Bologna.
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  • One of the city's most impressive landmarks-both the main sanctuary and the adjacent oratorio.
  • "Lamentaion" might be the best piece of art you'll see in Italy. The emotion of these life-sized terra cotta sculptures brings them to life. You can feel their pain. No words can describe it. And as we walked away a kind woman working there directed us upstairs to another amazing collection of terra cotta sculptures that should not be missed. Highly recommended!
  • The seven terracotta statues were breathtaking. So much despair has been realised in the sculptures.
  • Wonderful medieval archutecture
  • Must for art lovers! The Church contains the Lamentation over the dead Christ by Niccolò dell'arca, among the most moving works of art of the city of Bologna.
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