Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita, Bologna

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web
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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  • The Church is beautiful. But before the Lamentation over the dead Christ, by Niccolo dell'arca, he gasps. Looking at the faces with "scream of stone", you can't remain impassive and not try an unspeakable emotion. Even for those who may not really a believer, these figures at head height, leave no one indifferent. Really recommend a visit.
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  • The lamentation scene with life-size teraccota figures is extremely expressive - almost distorting the figures faces...the level of expressiveness is surprising for the years it was executed.... 
  • We stumbled across this while exploring the back streets around the Piazza Maggiore. It was Baroque enough to be interesting, luckily - over the top Baroque normally puts me off. Sadly, I didn't know ...  read more »
  • "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
  • Truly an exceptional place, of this exceptional city. Elliptical-shaped church with many decorations, statues and paintings. Inside there is the passion of Christ carved by a sculptor, which conveys the tragedy of witnesses.
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  • Facade and interior of the Church are nice but the highlight is the sculptural group of terracotta by Niccolò Dell'Arca, the "lamentation of Christ".
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