MUSEUM AND ORATORY OF SANTA MARIA DELLA VITA

MUSEUM AND ORATORY OF SANTA MARIA DELLA VITA


The monumental complex of Santa Maria della Vita was built in the thirteenth century as a hospital and church, the latter
with the dome designed by Bibiena, it is the most important example of Bolognese Baroque and houses within it the famous Lamentation over the Dead Christ by Niccolò dell'Arca, the "stone scream", according to the famous definition of D'Annunzio,
Adjacent to the church is the Oratory, with the sculptural group of the Transito della Vergine by Alfonso Lombardi, and the Museum of Health and Care, in addition to the Gregorian Schola Benedetto XVI,
From 1814 the complex became the Ospedale Maggiore until the bombings of 1943, when it was razed to the ground.
The Sanctuary and its appurtenances form the heart of the historic center of Bologna, the so-called Quadrilateral; restored, since 2010 has assumed its current function as a museum and exhibition center.



THE LAMENTATION

The Lamentation over the Dead Christ is the masterpiece of Niccolò dell'Arca housed in Santa Maria della Vita. 

It is a work made up of seven life-sized figures in terracotta with traces of polychrome, which is presumed to have been made between 1463 and 1490 and of which the exact arrangement of each figure is unknown. The dead Christ is in the center, lying with his head resting on a pillow. 

All around the body there are the other figures, among which stand out the two women, torn by pain and with clothes swelled by the wind. The figure of the client, addressed to the spectator, in renaissance clothes, is detached from the others.


how to get to the Museum


ViaClavature 8-10 -Old Town

 Bus 11, 13, 14, 19, 20, 25, 27, 29, 30, 37
stop at Piazza Maggiore or via Rizzoli
Shuttle A: Piazza Galvani stop
Train:
15 minutes walk from Central Station
Parking:
Underground parking in Piazza VIII Agosto


contacts - timetable - fares


Museum and Oratory of Santa Maria della Vita
via Clavature 8-10, Bologna,
tel. +39 051 230260
santamariadellavita@genusbononiae.it

Opening
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10 am-7pm
Lamentation: 10.30-18.30

Entrance
Full - admission included in the ticket Museum and Oratory: € 6
Reduced - admission included in the ticket Museum and Oratory: € 4

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