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closed Giovanni Santi

The show

Marked by the negative judgment of Giorgio Vasari, debased by the comparison with the exceptional artistic stature of his son Raffaello, the figure of Giovanni Santi remained in the shadows for centuries and still little known even today, even after the fundamental studies of Ranieri Varese.

With the exhibition Giovanni Santi. “From then on… me said to the mirabil arte de pictura” , the National Gallery of the Marche | Palazzo Ducale di Urbino will help to restore the right role to the artist in that Urbino context which constituted an essential moment of approaching Raphael's education and 'visual' culture.

The multifaceted humanistic personality of Giovanni Santi - demonstrated by the extensive literary production - will be testified by the original manuscript of his masterpiece, the rhymed Chronicle , coming from the Vatican Apostolic Library and visible in the exhibition. And St. Jerome will also come from the Vatican , who together with the works from the National Gallery in London , the Pushkin Museum in Moscow and almost all those present on site or from the territory, will try to make visible that network of relationships and reciprocal artistic interferences that affected the Urbino environment in the Frederick age.

Urbino, birthplace of Giovanni Santi, and the Palazzo Ducale - where he was very active - will see the entire pictorial cycle originally conceived for the Tempietto delle Muse returned to the public for the entire duration of the exhibition: the eight panels - seven representatives the Muses and an Apollo - the work of Giovanni Santi and Timoteo Viti, kindly loaned by Palazzo Corsini in Florence , will be relocated within their original environment.  

Works on display

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Piazza Rinascimento 13
61029 Urbino


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