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May 24, 2011
From journal Caution - Belgium Will Sneak-up On You - Bruges
Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
July 11, 2004
It’s the interior of the church that really attracts the crowds, though. In a small chapel on the right hand side of the church Michelangelo’s sculpture of the Madonna and Child--originally sculped for Siena Cathedral and the only one of his works to leave Italy during his lifetime--is a wonder in white marble, the innocent child poised at the feet of his seemingly troubled mother, shoulders twisting one way and eyes another, peering down through a screen of bullet proof glass set between six circular columns that arc towards two statues that flank an oversized altar. Nearby are the intricately carved 16th century tombs of Charles the Bold and his daughter Mary of Burgundy, whose bronze hand reaches imploringly towards the heavens while her feet push out towards her copper gilt pet dogs. Also look out for van Dyck's evocative 'Christ on the Cross' painting and a funerary chapel adorned with frescoed tombs in maroon and black.
Entrance to the church, which is open daily with the exception of Mondays, is two Euros fifty.
From journal Magical Bruges
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
October 28, 2000
From journal Discovering Bruges
Carshalton, United Kingdom
July 1, 2006
From journal Bruges - The Epitome of Charm
September 19, 2004
Most notable is Michelangelo's Virgin and Child sculpture, possibly the most celebrated piece by Michelangelo outside of Italy. It dates from 1501. Also worth seeing are the pulpit with cherubs hanging off the sides, and the Manger Scene carved into a tree trunk.
For Da Vinci Code readers, you might note that the marble Last Supper in front of Michelangelo's sculpture clearly shows Christ at the center, six on each side. Eleven are clearly men with beards and one is clearly a woman, at Christ's side. One man holds a dagger or sharp blade. No chalice is present. Hmmm...
From journal Charming Bruges
Little Rock,, Arkansas
June 30, 2001
From journal Medieval Bruge
March 8, 2002
Seeing the Madonna was the highlight of my experience in Bruges.The rest of the church is interesting, but the Madonna is riveting. As you gaze on it, all the other "competent" statues around it disappear. By chance,a wealthy and pious parishioner snatched this gem when the original buyer bowed out. Reputedly, it's the only Michelangelo north of the Alps.What it is -stunningly beautiful in composition, execution and materials - is an embodiment of the Renaissance spirit.
From journal Bruges is beautiful
Manhattan, New York
January 11, 2002
You never know what you'll find when you ask a local for directions. We asked the proprietor of a sweet little lace shop to send us on an interesting walk back to our hotel. She pointed us in the direction of a church, NOT the Cathedral please, just take 2 lefts after the church – "You know the church over there with the Michaelangelo?" No we didn’t know, and it became a highlight of the trip. Actually we thought the church was closed due to reconstruction and facelift of the exterior. We soon found why The Church of Our Lady is one of Bruges' top sights, whereas the Cathedral is not.
A massive brick structure that was cloaked in scaffolding when we arrived, the Church of Our Lady is worth a visit for its interior and not its exterior (the spire is 122 meters high - 400 feet: it is the second tallest brick structure in the world - just 1 meter below the spire of Antwerp Cathedral!). The Church, built between the 1200's and the 1400's, contains an unexpected treasure -- Michelangelo's Madonna and Child and the tombs of Mary of Burgundy and Duke Charles the Bold. The Michelangelo sculpture (1506) is believed to be the only one to have left Italy within Michelangelo's lifetime. A wealthy business man and his family bought it from the sculptor while visiting Italy. Michaelangelo had been commissioned by the Sienna Cathedral in Sienna to do this sculpture. They must have made it worth his while to part with such a commission.
When you approach the right side altar, one has in mind a larger scale, much like the Pieta I saw at the Metropolitam Museum of Art in New York years ago. The precious Madonna and Child, from the hand of the master, is about three feet high. Carved of white marble, one is moved by the sweetness and power of the subject. Lit only by candlelight, it gave a glow and aura that added to its mystery and beauty.
The monumental tombs of Mary of Burgundy (who died in 1482) and her father Charles the Bold (who died in 1477) were constructed fifty years apart - Mary's in 1502, and Charles' in 1563. The most interesting features of the Church are the open tombs both under the Burgundian monuments themselves and in a side chapel (south side): these are painted inside, and mostly date from the 1200's and 1300's. They were only rediscovered in 1979. Uniquely, one can see Mary of Burgundy's coffin (and a tiny box placed on top of it containing the heart of her son), beneath her monument.
From journal BRUGES -- Cultural Capitol of Europe 2002
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
December 11, 2012
One time in Belgium,
A small but great country to visit
CA1 1LA, England, United Kingdom
July 19, 2012
From journal Beautiful Bruges pt 2