San Colombano was acquired by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna in 2005 and inaugurated in 2010. Today it houses the antique musical instrument Collection donated by the Bolognese musician and researcher Maestro Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, a unique and precious collection that includes about 90 functioning instruments like clavichords and pianos. The history of the Collection started in 1969 when Tagliavini bought a 16th century spinet in Bologna and the large harpsichord with 3 stops, built in 1679 by Giovanni Battista Giusti and still considered one of the most important pieces of the Collection.
The Complex of San Colombano is composed of a series of buildings joined together over time, starting from the 7th century. The Church, the oldest part of the complex, was built around 616 A. D. over a previous monumental structure. The Oratory on the first floor, a true jewel of Bolognese art, decorated by the best disciples of the Carracci, contains a fresco cycle inspired by the Passion of Christ. During the restoration works, an ancient crypt dating back to the medieval era was discovered together with an important 13th century wall painting, attributed to Giunta Pisano, representing Christ on the cross between the Virgin and St. John the Evangelist.
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