This church was built to house a miraculous terra-cotta statue of the Virgin Mary (the Madonna delle Lacrime, or "Our Lady of Tears"), attributed to Michele da Firenze in 1425. The statue is said to have shed real tears in 1490, and today it is still venerated in the central niche of the marble altar, designed by Bernardo Buontalenti and completed in 1600. The main artistic attractions of the handsome Renaissance interior -- designed by Bartolomeo della Gatta and Giuliano and Antonio da Sangallo the Elder -- are a series of stained-glass windows by Guillaume de Marcillat. Just inside to the right is what may be his masterpiece, the Marriage of the Virgin. Behind the high altar is an Assumption, and saints are depicted in windows along the aisles. The church also retains some good baroque works, as well as Niccolò Soggi's restored 1522 Nativity to the left of the high altar, and, on the first altar on the left, a painting of the Deposition that an 18-year-old Giorgio Vasari painted based on a Rosso Fiorentino cartoon.
Via Garibaldi 185, Arezzo, Italy
Our Rating Hours Daily 7:30am-12:30pm and 3:30-7pm Phone 0575-26-774 Prices Free admission
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