Basilica di San Nicola a Tolentino

The Basilica di San Nicola a Tolentino is a highly decorated church that is part of the Augustinian monastery in the hill-town of Tolentino, located in the province of Macerata in the region of Marche. It is remarkable for containing architecture and art from the 14th through the 17th century. The imposing marble facade of the church was completed over the centuries, completed in the 17th century [ [http://www.le-marche.com/Marche/html/tolentin.htm| Picture of the facade] ] . The recently restored "Capellone di San Nicola" is a gothic chapel that opens to the cloister with enveloping early-14th century, Giottesque frescoes, attributed variously to the "Master of Tolentino", the "Master of the Magi of Fabriano", or Pietro da Rimini, depicting scenes from the life of the saint and biblical themes, St. Nicholas of Tolentino. The saint's tomb lies in the crypt. The frescoes appear to have been completed within a few decades of the saint's death in 1305. The main altarpiece in the basilica is by Marchisiano di Giorgio (1518-1526) [ on loan from Galleria Nazionale di Arte Antica of Rome.]

Other paintings depict the "Mystical night of St. Catherine of Alexandria with Saints Nicola and Anthony of Padua" by Simone de Magistris, the "Apparition of the Madonna of Loreto to San Nicola" attributed to Antonio Francesco Peruzzini. A "San Nicola da Tolentino" attributed to Simone de Magistris. Other paintings are attributed to Guercino and Rossellino.

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* [http://www.cultura.marche.it/CMDirector.aspx?id=2564| Announcement of re-opening of Museo del Santuario]
* [http://www.sannicoladatolentino.it/basilica/guida.html#|Sanctuary homepage]


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