Art lovers in Rome are travelling to the Vatican to see some of Italy’s religious artworks on show.
“Meraviglie dalle Marche” – or Marvels from the Marche – puts religious masterpieces by the likes of Titian, Lorenzo Lotto, Guido Reni, Carlo Crivelli and Raphael on display in one central location for visitors to enjoy.
Some 50 paintings from 15 different public and church-owned museums in the Marche region – including Urbino, Ancona, Ascoli Piceno, Fabriano, Loreto and Jesi – have been brought together in the Braccio Carlo Magno exhibition space in St Peter’s Square, and the new show gives visitors the rare opportunity to see the impressive works together at once rather than seeking them out individually.
After its short stay in Italy, the exhibition will travel to the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Buenos Aires – the move is particularly significant because more than 40 per cent of immigrants from the Marche region left Italy for Argentina.
The exhibition spans more than 400 years of Italian religious art and includes notable works such as Raphael’s “Saint Catherine of Alexandra”, – the lesser-known version of a work on display at the National Gallery in Washington – along with Titian’s “Resurrection”, and Reni’s “Annunciation” and “Saint Sebastian”.
While the exhibition only features one of Raphael’s works, he is among the most famous painters from the Marche region. Art historians believe “Saint Catherine of Alexandra” was painted early in the artist’s life – around age 18 – and that the piece was once part of a triptych whose other pieces have gone missing.
“Meraviglie dalle Marche” will remain on display until 10 June.