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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  • Although this church was built in the 12th century, it appeared more like a modern one that is not overly ornate or decorated. The one big draw here was the life-sized terracotta figures on the side o...  more »
  • A rare sculpture by the mysterious Nicolo is in a side chapel strangely neglected by most guidebooks This is agony at its most baroque, of a kind with the ecstasy of Santa Teresa. You are horrified an...  more »
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  • The sculpture i o f terracotta is exceptional . Do not forget to climb to the Oratory: the show is just as impressive. You can not visit this church which incidentally is very close to the Piazza Maggiore
  • 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!
  • Beautiful Church
  • The seven terracotta statues were breathtaking. So much despair has been realised in the sculptures.