Category Archives: Museum

News from the court of Urbino and Giovanni Santi

The latest from the court of Urbino is that the 14 uomini illustri are back! It’s their first visit to their true home since 1633. 14 portraits of illustrious men, from Duke Federico’s studiolo, have been returned temporarily from the Louvre to … Continue reading

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Some hill towns; the Englishwoman survives in Cingoli, Gradara, Matelica, Mondavio, Urbania, Urbino.

Cingoli Small town known as the balcony of the Marches, for its spectacular views. Touristy, but consequently clean and beautifully kept. I visited it at lunchtime in October – it was deadly quiet and there were no restaurants open within … Continue reading

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Federigo da Montefeltro, patron of the (Not Terribly Good) artist, Justus of Ghent (Joos van Wassenhove)

Well, come on, let’s face it, he’s not terribly good, is he? What did Federigo see in him? This is the ruler, the courtyard of whose palace creates a deep feeling of inner peace amid the summer heat and crowds, … Continue reading

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Urbino – not the Ducal Palace

If one day you just can’t face yet another pre-Renaissance holy picture, give the Ducal Palace (Galleria Nazionale delle Marche) a miss (I’m assuming you’ve seen the Pieros and the Raphael and the Studiolo and the Justus of Ghent/Pedro Berruguete portrait … Continue reading

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