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Santissimo Salvatore

Where English Students Came to Pray

San Salvatore

The original church of Santissimo Salvatore dates back to 1136, when it was built as the church of the Canons of Santa Maria del Reno. Completely rebuilt in 1623 by Giovanni Ambrogio Mazenta in a classical Baroque style, the façade's niches hold terracotta statues of the Evangelists by Giovanni Tedeschi. The vanilla white interior was inspired by the baths of ancient Rome, framed by tall Corinthian columns.

It preserves two fine works from the medieval church: a gold-ground, much venerated Madonna della Vittoria in a gem-studded frame painted by Simone dei Crocifissi, and a beautiful polyptych of the Coronation of the Virgin (1355) by Vitale da Bologna, with one of Vitale's typically endearing Virgins in the main panel.

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Medieval Art and Architecture

Baroque Art and Architecture

Churches in Bologna

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Images by Sailko, GNU Creative Commons License, Sailko, GNU Free Documentation License