The basilica houses the shrine of St.Dominic, which despite his immense importance was surprisingly empty when we visited. The actual tomb-chest, the "arca", is what gave the sculptor Niccolo dell'Arca his name, and is a quite extraordinary feat of programmatic renaissance sculpture. At the back of the arca there is displayed an x-ray of the saint's skeleton, opposite the astonishingly gorgeous reliquary which displays his skull; a suggestive juxtaposition! There is a particularly lovely Filippino Lippi "Marriage of St.Catherine" in the tiny chapel to the right of the sanctuary.
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