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The Oratory of Saints Cecilia and Valeriano is a religious site in central Bologna, found on Via Zamboni, contiguous to the portico of the church of San Giacomo Maggiore.Arrange to visit Oratorio Di Santa Cecilia and other attractions in Bologna using our Bologna day trip tool.
The oratory was built at the site of a Romanesque church commissioned by the then ruler of Bologna Giovanni II Bentivoglio. It was frescoed starting in 1505 by series of Renaissance painters associated with the Bentivoglio court, including Francesco Francia, Lorenzo Costa and Amico Aspertini. The frescoes cover the walls flanking the oratory entrance. In ten panels, divided by pilaster strips in decorated grotteschi, scenes from the life of Saint Cecilia and her husband Valerianus are described.
The individual attribution of all the panels is not entirely clear; they depict:
Marriage of Cecilia and Valerianus
Valerian converted by Pope Saint Urban
Valerian baptized by the Pope Urban
Saints Cecilia and Valerianus crowned by an angel
Martyrdom of Saints Valerianus and Tiburzio (attributed to Aspertini)
Burial of the Martyrs (attributed to Aspertini)
Trial of Saint Cecilia
Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia
St Cecilia donates all her goods to the poor
Burial of Saint CeciliaOther artist involved in these or later works include Francesco Cavazzoni, Tiburzio Passarotti (Son of Bartolomeo), Cesare Baglioni, Cesare Tamaroccio, Giovanni Maria Chiodarolo, Bartolomeo Bagnacavallo, and Biagio Pupini. The main altarpiece was a Crucifixion by Francia, now held in the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, as well as a 14th-century fresco once outside the chapel by Giovanni di Ottonello.
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This was an excellent visit. No photos were permitted but cards of the frescoes can be bought. The frescoes are really beautiful. Although small it was a most worthy place to visit. A lovely older... more »
The frescos in the oratorium of Cecilia tell about the live and death of Cecilia and her husband. It offers a detailed view and perspective of live in the middle ages not to big but really... more »
One hidden gem in Bologna. Don't miss it if you are in town! Wonderful free guided tour of the chapel and its frescoes. Thank you for the wonderful guided tour!
Very nice fresco cycle of the life of Santa Cecilia. Its free to enter.
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