Michelangelo's Madonna with Child, Brugge

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    Madonna and Child by Michelangelo
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    The right wing chapel
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    Bruges Madonna by Michelangelo
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    Michelangelo's Madonna in Our Lady's Church

    by csordila Updated Mar 15, 2009

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    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.

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    Michaelangelo's Madonna and Child

    by miketrudeau Updated Jul 28, 2005
    Michaelangelo's Madonna and Child

    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.

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    Michelangelo's Madonna.

    by belgianchocolate Updated Feb 23, 2005

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    Michelangelo's madonna.


    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 -
    Mariastraat.(mariastreet)
    (for free)

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    Madonna and Child

    by kentishgirl Updated Oct 28, 2004
    Madonna and Child

    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!!*

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    Madonna and Child in Our Lady's Church

    by Blatherwick Written Aug 28, 2004
    Madonna and Child

    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.

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    Michelangelo's Madonna

    by Imaniac Written Feb 15, 2004

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    Michelangelo's Madonna

    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.

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    Madonna and Child by Michelangelo

    by zrim Written Feb 8, 2004

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    Madonna and Child

    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).

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  • Michelangelo's "Madonna with Child"

    by sabsi Updated Jan 11, 2004

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    Michelangelo's Madonna with Child

    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.

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    Madonna with child by Michelangelo

    by speed4turtles Updated Aug 24, 2003
    Madonna by Michelangelo

    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.

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    Madonna and Child

    by Markyreid Written May 22, 2005
    Madonna and Child

    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.

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