Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita, Bologna

#5 of 88 in Historic Sites in Bologna
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Church
Feast your eyes on Chiesa 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. Add Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita and other attractions to your Bologna trip itinerary using our Bologna trip planning site.
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  • The church is very small, you need to buy a ticket to see the ” Lamentation over the dead Christ” terracotta figures, but with the same ticket you can visit the Oratory upstairs where impressive...  more »
  • New Years Day so not much was open and we literally stumbled across this church. At first we had no idea and I even had to ask what the display was about. But wow, what a find. Home to the most...  more »
  • Amazing if you visit Bologna go! I am not religious BTW
  • a small but historically very meaningful church. The Compianto sculpture is a must see in Bologna

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