Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace)
The most important museum of the city is the “Galleria Nazionale” of Marche (National Gallery) . It is housed in the Palazzo Ducale where there are works of art from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century, but above all some of the most important masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance. Among them include the Ideal City, the Flagellation by Piero della Francesca, the Desecration of the Host by PaoloUccello, the Muta by Raphael, but also works by Titian, Luca Signorelli and Federico Barocci.
Of great importance are also the decorative parts of the building, especially the portals and fireplaces, but in particular the inlay work of the doors that culminate in the study, high synthesis of art and culture. A considerable collection of ceramics is edisplayed on the top floor. The Palazzo Ducale also houses the archaeological museum, a collection of ancient Roman inscriptions, urns, memorial stones, etc..
Works on display
San Rocco, 1549Description of the work
City of Urbino
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, the birthplace of Raphael, Urbino is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. The city has Roman origins, but the imprint that still characterizes it is that of Federico da Montefeltro, who was lord between 1444 and 1482 and transformed it from amedieval village to a Renaissance style urban jewe.l.
The Ducal Palace, with its rooms, its famous facade with the turrets and the magnificent courtyard is a wonderful example of Renaissance architecture and houses the National Gallery of Marche with precious paintings by Piero della Francesca, Laurana and Raphael, whose birthplace was converted into a museum.
In addition to the Palazzo Ducale other interesting monuments are the Cathedral, the churches of St. Dominic and St. Francis, the Oratory of St. Joseph with the famous nativity by Brandani and the Oratory of St. John with frescoes by the Salimbeni brothers, the nearby Church of the Holy Spirit or the fifteenth-century church of St. Bernardino, which houses the Mausoleum of the Dukes.