"Part II, Exterior" San Petronio Tip by von.otter
San Petronio, Bologna: 33 reviews and 86 photos
?The Basilica of San Petronio, the largest in Bologna, and, though unfinished, one of the most interesting and remarkable, is a fine monument of the religious munificence which characterised the period of Italian freedom.?
? from ?A Handbook for Travellers in Central Italy: Southern Tuscany and the Papal States? 1857 by John Murray
The three entrance doors are topped by lunettes. Above the right-hand lunette is the Resurrection (see photo #1); the left-hand one shows the Deposition from the Cross (see photo #3). Over the center door the Virgin is flanked by San Petronio and San Ambrogio (see photo #2).
Surrounding each entry door are a number of low-relief sculptures depicting scenes from the Old Testement, including Expulsion from the Garden of Eden (see photo #4). Jacopo della Quercia uses dramatic and forceful gestures in this composition. The angel pushes the resisting Adam from the gates of Paradise while Eve is shown in the pose of the classical modest Venus covering her nudity.
Address: Piazza Maggiore, South Side
Phone: 051 231415
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