Colleoni chapel : Michelin's recommendations
The architect of the Chartreuse de Pavie, Amadeo, built this chapel, an absolute gem of Renaissance art, between 1470 and 1476, as a mausoleum for the condottiere Bartolomeo Colleoni. The chapel's main structure stands adjacent to the North Porch of St Mary Major church. The elegant façade which is covered with multicoloured marble and jubilantly decorated with finely worked sculptures (fluted and wreathed small columns, pilasters, medallions, figures of children (putti), vases, candelabra and low reliefs) combines sacred and secular elements. Fashionable for the period, scenes from the Old Testament, mythological figures including Hercules (with whom Colleoni liked to identify himself), are depicted together. The interior is sumptuously decorated with low reliefs of extraordinary delicacy, allegorical frescoes by Tiepoio and Renaissance stalls with inlaid work. However, the first thing to grab your attention is the Colleoni monument, by Amadeo, on top of which is an equestrian statue of the famous military adventurer in gilded wood. His favourite daughter, Medea, who died at the age of 15, lies near him (to the left), in a tomb by Amadeo which is a marvel of delicate purity.
- Address : P.za del Duomo I - 24100 Bergamo24100Bergamo
- Phone : 035 210061
- Prices : free of charge
Opening hours :
- Mar-Oct: 9am-12.30pm, 2.30pm-6pm; rest of year: daily except Mon 9am-12.30pm, 2pm-4.30pm