Basilica di San Nicola a Tolentino
|Basilica of Saint Nicolas of Tolentino
Basilica di San Nicola a Tolentino (Italian)
Facade of the Basilica di San Nicola a Tolentino
|Ecclesiastical or organizational status||Minor basilica|
The Basilica of Saint Nicolas of Tolentino (Italian: Basilica di San Nicola a Tolentino) is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica that is part of the Augustinian monastery in the hill-town of Tolentino, province of Macerata, Marche, central Italy. The church is a former cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tolentino, suppressed in 1586.
It contains architecture and art from the 14th through the 17th century. The imposing marble facade of the church was constructed over the centuries, and was completed in the 17th century.
The Cappellone 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 St. Nicholas of Tolentino and biblical episodes. 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).
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.
Burials include that of St. Nicholas of Tolentino.
- Today part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Macerata-Tolentino-Recanati-Cingoli-Treia
- Picture of the facade
- on loan from Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica of Rome.
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