Oratorio Santa Cecilia
Bologna's 'Sistine Chapel'
In 1504, Giovanni Bentivoglio commissioned the decoration of the Oratory of Santa Cecilia from the same masters who frescoed his chapel in the nearby the church of San Giacomo Maggiore: Lorenzo Costa, Il Francia and Amico Aspertini, along with some of their students and helpers.
They gave him his money's worth with their frescoes of lively scenes of the Lives of SS. Valeriano and Cecilia, dedicated to the patroness of music and her husband.
Panel 1. Marriage of Cecilia and Valerianus (Francia)
Panel 2. Valerian converted by Pope Urban (Costa)
Panel 3. Baptism of Valerian by Pope Urban (attributed to the otherwise little known Giovanni Maria Chiodarolo and Cesare Tamaroccio)
Panel 4. SS. Cecilia and Valerianus crowned by an angel (attributed to Costa and Francia's students, Bagnacavallo e Biagio Pupini)
Panel 5. Decapitation of Valerianus and his brother Tiburzio (Aspertini)
Panel 6. Burial of the Martyrs (Aspertini)
Panel 7. Trial of St Cecilia (Bagnacavallo e Biagio Pupini)
Panel 8. Decapitation of St Cecilia (Giovanni Maria Chiodarolo and Cesare Tamaroccio)
Panel 9. St Cecilia donates all her goods to the poor (Costa)
Panel 10. Burial of St Cecilia (Francia)
Today the oratorio is used for concerts, notably during the San Giacomo Festival.
Via Zamboni 15
Hours Daily June-Sept 10am–1pm and 3–6pm, Oct-May 10am–1pm and 2–6pm.
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