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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita
Ranked #6 of 347 things to do in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 April 2018

The incredibly powerful terracotta tableau inside is 100% worth the visit. The expression on the characters' faces and the rendition of raw grief are so poignant that even non-art types are bound to be moved.

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"dead christ"
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"terra cotta"
in 19 reviews
"terracotta figures"
in 15 reviews
"cristo morto"
in 13 reviews
"life size"
in 12 reviews
"mary magdalene"
in 10 reviews
"small church"
in 11 reviews
"beautiful church"
in 19 reviews
"italian renaissance"
in 4 reviews
"euro charge"
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"small fee"
in 6 reviews
"visiting bologna"
in 6 reviews
"well worth the visit"
in 4 reviews
"the main square"
in 3 reviews
"expression"
in 25 reviews
"oratory"
in 16 reviews
"emotions"
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

This church contains one of the glories of the Italian Renaissance , a set of terra-cotta sculptured figures made by local artist Niccolo dell'Arco in 1463 depicting Sorrow over the Dead Christ. One figure in particular, that of Mary Magdalene, is possibly the most stunning depiction of grief in all art. Don't miss this; it will overwhelm you.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

Another great basilica. It houses some famous sculptures from Nicolo Dell'Arca, which are accessible with tickets you must purchase in the church.

Thank Minh B
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Reviewed 11 February 2018

Italy is emotion. If you agree, then visit this small church of Santa maria della Vita (in the center of Bologna near the main square) which houses a group of terra cota figures as made by Nicolo Dell'Arca. The power and expression on the face and in the eyes of Maria-Magdalena with the death of Jesus are fabulous. Never seen so much emotion in terra cotta before.

Thank GUy S
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Reviewed 9 February 2018

The rich clay of the Bologna region is a source of its bricks and some of its art. Nicolo dell'Arca's Lamentation of Christ is a striking tableau of ceramic figures.

Thank yakherd
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