The Oratory of San Michele

The Oratory of San Michele

Padova - Church

Today's Oratory was born as an extension of an older church dedicated to St. Michael and the Holy Archangels, badly damaged by fire in 1390 during the fighting for the domination of the city between Francesco Novello da Carrara, the last lord of Padua, and the Visconti troops.
In 1397 a certain Pietro by Bartolomeo de' Bovi, a relation of an officer in the mint of Carrara, built a new chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, entrusting the decoration to Jacopo da Verona, who had probably arrived in Padua as a collaborator of Altichiero at the Oratory of San Giorgio. 
The decorative cycle, which constitutes the last major artistic achievement documented in the city before the fall of the Carrarese Signoria, is today very fragmented, degraded over the centuries by moisture and gradual abandonment.

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Opening Hours

10:00 - 13:00
Tue-Fri, from October 1st until May 1st. Closed on Mondays, Christmas, Dec 26, New Year's Day, and May 1st.
10:00 - 13:00
Tue-Fri, from June 1st until September 30th. Closed on Mondays.
15:00 - 18:00
Sat-Sun, from October 1st until May 1st. Closed on Mondays, Christmas, Dec 26, New Year's Day, and May 1st.
16:00 - 19:00
Saturday and Sunday, from June 1st until September 30th. Closed on Mondays.

How to reach the site

Piazzetta San Michele 3 - Padova (PD)

Works


Fresco cycle with Stories of the Virgin

Fresco cycle with Stories of the Virgin

Jacopo da Verona

Fresco - 1397


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