The glory and the legacy of Federico da Montefeltro
Skilled warlord,mercenary captain,and one of the main patrons of the Italian Renaissance. The exhibition retraces the great moments experienced by the city of Federico and his son Guidubaldo, the last descendant of Montefeltro’s family, starting from the birth of the duke in 1422 in Gubbio to the death of Guidubaldo in 1508.
Manuscripts, paintings, papers, medals, coins, weaponry, armors, sculptures and furnishings. The exhibition turns the spotlight on Federico da Montefeltro,who had his palace built in Gubbio as second headquarters and capital of his dukedom with rich pre-Roman and classical vestiges. Federico’s affection and intensity of his feelings were addressed towards Gubbio, as he wrote in 1446: «perché ve acertamo che lì è tucto el core nostro et tucta l’anima nostra» (“because we are sure that our whole heart and whole soul are there”).
Baldassarre Castiglione, 16th century, Vatican City, Vatican Apostolic Library
Sperandio di Bartolomeo de’ Savelli, Milan, Municipal Collections
Giovanni Santi, 1480-1490, Rome, Corsini Gallery
German manufacture, late 14th-early 15th century, Florence, Galileo Museum
15th century, Florence, Stibbert Museum
Francesco Di Giorgio Martini (attributed), 1439/1501, Gubbio, Palazzo Ducale