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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  • The Church takes its name from the ancient Hospital of life, which in the 14th century housed the plague. In front there was the Hospital of death, a porch underneath which were brought the sick who could not heal, destined to die. In the 16th century the hospital was converted into a church and became so Santa Maria della Vita. The Church houses the beautiful Lamentation over the dead Christ by Niccolò dell'arca, unique and unmissable. In the adjacent oratory an artwork of Lombardi, the transit of Mary, also not to be missed.
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  • In the Centre you won't miss the vision of Ark's but also the visit to the first floor, a beautiful display of paintings and sculptures.
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  • Finally found this beautiful little church, inside which there is a true masterpiece, the famous lamentation of terracotta, wonderful composition.
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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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