Oratory of San Nicola da Tolentino

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The sixteenth century Oratorio di San Nicola da Tolentino, Vicenza

The Oratory of San Nicola da Tolentino (in Italian, Oratorio di San Nicola da Tolentino) is a small chapel like structure in Vicenza, which is notable for its excellent collection of 16th- and 17th-century paintings.

Construction of a home for the venerable confraternity of the saint began in 1505 and was completed by 1681, when the facade was finished (attributed to Carlo Bottiron). It is dedicated to Saint Nicholas of Tolentino.

The interior has a number of canvases based upon events and miracles in the life of San Nicola, many inserted in niches in the wall; works include:

  • Ceiling cycles (1677-78) by Giulio Carpioni.
  • On the right
  • On the right
    • 1st inset wall (1662) by Giovanni Cozza.
    • 2nd inset canvases by Maffei.
    • 3rd inset canvases by Maffei.

Three statues inside were completed in 1679 by Francesco Pozzo, including a "Madonna and child", "St Agustine and Nicola". Giuseppe Alabardi also has a work here.

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Coordinates: 45°32′44″N 11°32′55″E / 45.54556°N 11.54861°E / 45.54556; 11.54861