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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  • This small church, off Piazza Maggiore is a real treat! One can admire the beautiful work of Christ by Niccolo dell'arca (surcharge-3E-but well worth it). These terracotta sculptures are really nice and with an expression that strikes visitors, especially the Virgin and Magdalene. Upstairs there is a beautiful Oratory that truly deserves with the transit of the Virgin. You quit this church really loads of emotions!
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  • Beautiful small church tucked away in the streets of the "quadrangle" of downtown Bologna. If you are fortunate enough to get into it you'll be swept away by the beauty of statues depicting the pity for the dead Christ by Niccolò dell'arca, statues that are so life to seem true. By shiver
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  • Of the most beautiful churches in Bologna right downtown, right next to piazza maggiore, one of the city's busiest district crosses.
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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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