The Marche can be considered as a popular open-air museum, a network of cities of art and historical villages set in a wide area of cultivated hills, which overlook valleys ranging from the sea to the mountains. A region rich in unique suggestions everywhere you look.
Some examples? Ancona, with its Cathedral of San Ciriaco; Ascoli Piceno and its travertine of Romanesque and Gothic ruins; the historic buildings of Macerata; the arcades from the sixteenth century in Fermo; the ceramic art of Pesaro and Urbino. Right here in Urbino, Raffaello Sanzio was born. The renowned painter and architect who is the embodiment of the ideal of supreme serenity and beauty of the Renaissance. Some of his works, including the famous female portrait (La Muta), are still kept at the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche in Urbino, in the beautiful setting of Palazzo Ducale. Here are preserved some masterpieces of Piero della Francesca: the table with the “Flagellation of Christ” and the “Madonna of Senigallia”
Pietro Vannucci, known as Perugino, as well left a tangible mark in the Marches. For example, the Annunciation in the Church of Santa Maria Nuova in Fano and Senigallia altarpiece in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Senigallia.
We cannot forget Bramante, who was called as an architect of the Pope from 1507 to 1509 to take care of the Basilica of the Holy House of Loreto. Bramante was limited to the facade project (not realized), the square in front of the marble covering and enclosing the “Holy House of Nazareth” contained in the sanctuary, and then implemented under the direction of his successors.
At the Pinacoteca of Ancona an exhibition on Caravaggio has recently been inagurated: a chance to visit the historic building Bosdari where the exhibition takes place. The new exhibition compares the masterpieces by Tiziano and Lorenzo Lotto to those of contemporary artists such as Enzo Cucchi and Valeriano Trubbiani. The museum is uphill from glass and iron ladders and platforms, including the ancient city walls and works that span centuries.
A little further south, it is worth visiting the State Tactile Museum Omero of Osimo: a tactile approach not only for those who cannot otherwise enjoy the artistic beauty, but also to reveal to all the possibilities of perception. A perceptive way excluded from almost all museums, an aesthetic approach still largely unexplored.
If you prefer contemporary art, then you should also visit in Ascoli Piceno, the Gallery “Osvaldo Licini. The new premises of the former convent of S. Agostino: Fontana, Matta, Hartung, Morandi, De Pisis and Severini, 40 paintings and 38 drawings Osvaldo Licini.
Not even a week would be enough to admire all the masterpieces that the Marche offers. So, let’s get started!