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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  • One of the must see places in the city and externally with its dome and internally with the Church and the beautiful free Museum with frescoes and statues truly level.
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  • I took the lazy route on the little tourist train-bus which was very bumpy and juddery. This church is still very much used for worship and prayer so it is best to pay due respect during the visit. It...  more »
  • In the Church of Santa Maria della Vita located in the Via Clavature almost next to the Piazza Maggiore have that visit the "weeping on Christ dead (Compianto sul Christ morto)" work master of Niccolò dell' Ark. It is located next to the main altar. It is amazing to see the faces of the figures that transmit pain in the scene and it is said that Nicollo took as a model of inspiration to the patients of the hospital that was linked to this church. It is a group of six figures and the Christ of terracotta which have lost some of its original polychromy. Being spare parts is not known with certainty its location in the original scene. The figures surround the reclining body of Christ, men, Joseph of Arimathea and St. John, show content pain, four women, María Salomé, the Virgin Mary of Clopas and María Magdalene, show their horror in the face, engarfiadas hands, mouths screaming... Niccolò dell' Ark (1435-1494), also known as Niccolò Antonio d' Apúlia and Niccolò da Bari, was an Italian sculptor active in Bologna, one of the figures in the sculpture of Northern Italy in the 15th century.
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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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