Madonna in Church of Our Lady

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by travelprone on March 8, 2002

Michelangelo! Michelangelo! Would you believe my son saw several groups of tourists wandering about aimlessly in this once resplendent church and they totally bypassed its most overwhelming Madonna and Child by Michelangelo? A mere glance to the front right side altar,in its center,surrounded by other statues that absolutely pale by comparison, transports you to this gorgeous,gleaming, intensely realistic sight. The marble speaks; the face of the Virgin is so complex with emotion, but simply human in its visage. One must really see this statue to appreciate it fully. Photos fail to capture its extraordinary marble. Its haunting effect is difficult to describe; its memory will linger on and on.

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.

Church of our Lady
Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerkhof Zuid
Bruges, Belgium

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