San Colombano - Tagliavini Collection

San Colombano - Tagliavini Collection

San Colombano was purchased by the Cassa di Risparmio di Bologna Foundation in 2005 and inaugurated in 2010.

Today it houses the collection of ancient musical instruments donated by Maestro Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini , Bolognese organist and musicologist, a unique collection that includes over ninety instruments almost all functioning such as clavichords and pianos.

The history of the collection begins in 1969, when Tagliavini buys a spinet from the 1500s found in Bologna and the large three-register harpsichord built in 1679 by Giovanni Battista Giusti from Lucca, still today considered one of the most important pieces in the collection.

The Complex of San Colombano is made up of a series of buildings aggregated over time, starting from the 7th century. The Church, the most ancient nucleus, was built by the bishop of Bologna Pietro I (about 616 AD) on a previous monumental structure, datable between the imperial age and the late ancient age.

In the Oratory above, a jewel of Bolognese art , decorated by the best students of the Carraccis, you can admire a cycle of frescoes inspired by the Passion of Christ . During the restoration work, a crypt of medieval origin and a thirteenth-century mural attributed to Giunta Pisano , depicting Christ on the cross between the Virgin and St. John the Evangelist, emerged.


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Via Parigi, 5
40121 Bologna


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