I was unaware that one of Michelangelo’s sculptures was in Bruges until our instructor told us about it. So naturally I was excited to see it (in early 2012 I traveled to both Florence and Rome and saw much of Michelangelo’s works). The sculpture can be seen in the Church of Our Lady (Onthaalkerk Onze-Lieve-Vrouw) and is located at the end of the aisle to the right of the nave.
After so much study of the artist and his work, I was able to quickly recognize the sculpture before it was pointed out to us. There are striking similarities between the Bruges Madonna and Child and the Madonna of Michelangelo’s Pietà in St. Peter’s in Rome. And this may be because Michelangelo sculpted the two marble pieces within a few years of each other. Both Madonnas have the longer, youthful face, although they are shown in two entirely different times – St. Peter’s shows Mary holding her adult son after His death and the Bruges Madonna shows her with a toddler Jesus, who is standing at her knee. Both show the artist’s ability to create a softness despite working with hard stone and the create Mary’s clothing to appear to softly drape around her body and onto the ground.
This sculpture is the only one of Michelangelo’s sculptures to be sent outside of Italy while the artist was still alive. It was purchased by a wealthy merchant in Bruges. Most of Michelangelo’s works still remain in Italy, although there are two of his slaves (from Pope Pious II’s tomb) in the Louvre.
There is a €4 charge to enter the church to view the Madonna. The church is open daily.
The perfectly preserved medieval tower of Our Lady's Church is the highest tower with its 122 meters in Bruges and the second tallest brickwork tower in the world, following only the St. Martin's Church in Landshut, Germany.
In the right wing chapel is the Carrara marble Madonna and Child by Michelangelo. This is the only one sculpture of the Italian artist to leave Italy in his lifetime and can be seen in the BeNeLux.
It was carved at about the same time when he was working on the colossal David outside the Palazzo della Signoria Florence, in the early years of the 16th century. The statue was made originaly for the cathedral of Sienna, but merchands from Bruges bought and brought it to Bruges and donated to the church.
It is one of the Man-Made Wonders of the Benelux Countries.
Open: Tue-Sat 09.30-12.30 & 13.30-17.00 (Sat until 16.00); Sun 13.30-17.00.
Admission to the church: free
Warning: The church is closed at lunch time.
I was surprised how little attention was brought to this beautiful sculpture, one of the rare works of Michaelangelo to leave Italy.
It is found in the Church of Our Lady, or Onze Lieve Vrouwkerk. It was donated to the church by a wealthy merchant in 1514 when the church of its original destination, Siena Cathedral, couldn't afford to pay for it.
It is a breathtaking piece to see. Beautiful and serene. I stood there just taking it in for quite a while.
Ok , let's tart with the top attraction...
A madonna by Michelangelo.
This is one of the few statues that left Italy
during his life and that is still kept in such
an amazing condition.
Michelangelo's first love wasn't painting ,
he loved sculpturing. Not a good choice according
to he's dad since sculpturing wasn't
seen as an art. Sculpturing was a craft not an
art. And his dad loved to keep up appearances.
The statue is from 1504 and Michelangelo
reached at that point a very high level.
Can be seen in Onze-Lieve-vrouwkerk -
This beautiful piece of art is located inside of the Church of Our Lady and is the main attraction for visitors here.
This piece was originally made for the Cathedral in Siena - Italy, but when they could not afford it a rich Merchant from Bruges bought it and placed it here in the church.
It is one of the few pieces of art by Michaelangelo to be seen outside of Italy.
For me, Ive seen a lot of his work in Italy and for some reason it diddnt have the same magical feel seeing it here in Belgium!!*
The church itself was constructed between the 13th and 15th Century. It has a 122 meter high tower, possesses tombs that include those of Mary of Burgundy and Duke Charles the Bold of Burgundy from the the 16th century, as well as an important collection of art.
The most notable of the artworks in the church is Michelangelo's "Madonna and Child". It may have been the only piece of his work that left Italy during his lifetime. The man never ceases to amaze me with the detail that he put into his work. However, it is the expressions and actions that give Michelangelo's work its real power. The child clinging to its mother's arm adds so much that other artists don't seem to be able to match.
Inside the Church of Our Dear Lady you can see a statue of the Madonna made by Michelangelo. He made this statue for the cathedral in Siena, Italy. It was brought to Brugge in 1506 by two local merchants. Nowadays it's the only statue of Michelangelo in the Benelux.
According to literature this statue (sculpted in 1504) was the only piece by Michelangelo that left Italy during Michelangelo's lifetime--why that should be significant, I don't know, but there you have it.
A nice piece, but rather small and poorly lit. Obviously, it is impossible to approach for a close look. To me it is more of an interesting aside than the main attraction. It is housed in the Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk (Church of Our Lady).
Inside Our Lady's church you will find the only Michelangelo sculpture outside of Italy: Madonna with Child. It was made out of white marble for the cathedral in Siena but was bought and brought to Brugge in the 16th century.
The Church of Our Lady. That church is the tallest brick church in Belgium and inside that church you can admirer a statue of Madonna by Michelangelo & the mausoleums of Mary of Burgundy and Charles the Bold.
The 'Madonna and Child' by Michelangelo is located in Our Lady's Church. It is one of the few works by Michelangelo outside of Italy. It is free entry and worth a look.