The Madonna of Bruges is a marble sculpture by Michelangelo of the Virgin and Child.
Michelangelo's depiction of the Madonna and Child differs significantly from earlier representations of the same subject, which tended to feature a pious Virgin smiling down on an infant held in her arms. Instead, Jesus stands upright, almost unsupported, only loosely restrained by Mary's left hand, and appears to be about to step away from his mother. Meanwhile, Mary does not cling to her son or even look at him, but gazes down and away. It is believed the work was originally intended for an altar piece. If this is so, then it would have been displayed facing slightly to the right and looking down. The early 16th-century sculpture also displays the High Renaissance Pyramid style frequently seen in the works of Leonardo da Vinci during the late 1400s.
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Dom Mulford | Feb 13, 2018
A very impressive spire (over 200m in height!) which is one of the three tall structures you can see over Bruge! It is the home to Mother and Child by Michealangelo, the only piece of his artwork to leave Italy. It is a shame though that you have to pay to go and see this fantastic sculpture, seeing as it is situated in a marvelous church. But the free parts of the church are worth exploring due to the amazing architecture.
ΒΑΣΙΛΗΣ ΚΑΡΑΟΓΛΑΝΗΣ | Feb 8, 2018
The Church of Our Lady dates back to the 13th century. The tower, 115 meters high, remains the tallest building in the city and the second tallest brick tower in the world (the tallest is St. Martin's Church in Landshut, Germany). In the choir space behind the high altar are the tombs of Charles the Bold, the last Valois Duke of Burgundy and his daughter, the demonic Maria. In the large chapel on the southern corridor there is the most famous art treasure of the church - a white marble sculpture of the Virgin Mary with Christ created by Michelangelo around 1504. Probably originally created for the Siena cathedral, it was bought in Italy by two merchants, the brothers Jan and Alexander Mouscron, and in 1514 it was donated to its present day space. The sculpture was recovered twice after the looting by foreign conquerors of France in 1794 and Nazi Germans in 1944.
Maris Toop | Nov 23, 2017
I enjoyed very much visiting this place as part of mu trip in Bruges. So beautiful gothic church outside and inside. ❤❤
kevin conde | Jan 14, 2018
Just appreciating the building as I am in no way religious....but it is a beautiful building
jelena jadzic | Jan 3, 2018
This place is very but very nice. It looks like a campus of building and the coridors look like nice maze.
Mansee Sharma | Mar 25, 2018
I would say this place is history well preserved. The ticket to the museum is 4€ a person 26 age and above and below the age it's 3€. It is all worth when you get to witness age old art work in front of you well described and explained. Especially the Madonna of Bruges. Worth a visit. Many restaurants are right outside the place.
Stef | Apr 8, 2018
It is a beautiful church with the biggest stone brick tower in the entire lowlands. The tower is 120m tall. Free entrance, keep in mind that their are still services going on here. Please do not take pictures with flash. it is advised to be silent and calm here. It is a very typical Flemish church.
Sam Philly | Apr 13, 2018
We came for (of course) the famous Michelangelo, and as described it is stunning, but because you cannot get close to it at all it is somewhat anticlimactic. Compared to Michelangelo’s works in Florence where you can get so close, it’s quite disappointing. I however know this going in, having read other reviews in TripAdvisor. It’s still wonderful to see. We found a relic in the church that we researched while there and found it to be a piece of Jesus’ cross. It’s not mentioned anywhere in the church but was quite thrilling to see, especially for my wife, who is Catholic. I suspect there are other “treasures “ there as well that we missed.
Attila Tényi | May 11, 2018
Great and beautiful holy church in the heart of the city. True gothic roman catholic church with the tallest - approx 120 meters - bell tower of lowland. The windows are amazing. Indide you can find museum with Michelangelo work. Large interior. Sacred to Maria "Notre Dame".
David Hanson | May 21, 2018
Very humbling and also beautiful inside. So light as well.
Zahra S | Jun 20, 2018
The only michelangelo work outside Italy is here and it was amazing. Cheap entrance for now since they are restoring oart of the church
Thom James | Jun 16, 2018
Beautiful church, a 13th Century gothic building with a large, spiralling tower and fantastic statue of Michelangelo, as well as some pretty amazing interiors.
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