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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vita

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Address: Via Clavature 10, 40124 Bologna, Italy
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The great sculpture you might not know about

This church houses dell'Arca's Compianto, a group of terracotta figures depicting the Lamentation. The figure of Mary Magdalene is one of the most powerful sculptures of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This church houses dell'Arca's Compianto, a group of terracotta figures depicting the Lamentation. The figure of Mary Magdalene is one of the most powerful sculptures of the Italian Renaissance. It is truly awesome. You will not forget it.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Worth visiting, the inside holds more beauty than the exterior could ever suggest. I believe there is a charge to enter however my boyfriend and I were able to go inside with the Bologna Welcome walking tour for free. The Compianto sul Cristo morto statue is incredible to behold.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

a must see, to find back this peace feeling that you have lost in your travels. check every corner and visit around sunset.

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Gladwyne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

The church isn't too impressive from the outside, but inside it is very special with an amazing collection of life size terra cotta figures showing extreme emotions (extra fee to enter), We were told by a woman working there to go up to the Oratorio, which is free, to see more amazing stautes and artwork.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Other reviewers have been so effusive that I hesitate to either diminish or extol the place. I thought it was a precious treasure, a small gem with a lovely, remarkable, life-sized grouping of terracotta sculptures. What make an impression was what a lovely whole the place was. This relatively small church is ornate, but not overdone despite its baroque dressing.... More 

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Legnano, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

It is within this church that the more famous Compianto by Niccolo dell'Arca is. There are seven figures. Madonna, John the Evangelist, Joseph of Arimathea, Mary of Joseph, John the Apostle and Mary of Clopas, and of course Christ. Niccolo was an early renaissance sculptor, C 1435 - 1494. The place of his birth is uncertain but thought to be... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We visited this place while guided Tours organized by the information centre and it was great. The fuide talked About emotions in sculptures

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We went mainly to see the terracotta sculptures and they were amazing. The expressions on their faces are incredible. Make sure and visit the ones upstairs too where there is also a beautiful ceiling. There is an elevator if the stairs are a problem.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

A modest church outside and inside but with a lovely feel. The dome and ceiling artwork is beautiful. In the adjacent oratory you can see the 14 terracotta statues by Alfonso Lombardi for a small fee.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The lamentation scene with life-size teraccota figures is extremely expressive - almost distorting the figures faces...the level of expressiveness is surprising for the years it was executed....

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