Student Handbook Trip Guide to Arezzo, Sansepolcro, Monterchi, and Urbino
This trip focuses on the work of Piero della Francesca, (1420-1492).
Basilica of San Francesco - Bacci Chapel - Piazza San Francesco. 9-17:30, Sat. 9-17, Sun. 13-17.
Piero's fresco masterpiece (1453-64) The Legend of the True
Cross. Reservation required: online or tel. 0575 184.00.00, 0575 352727. Visit is only 30 minutes long. € 8
Based on an obscure history of the Cross: a tree is planted
on Adam's grave, which Solomon tries to use in the building of the Temple.
When the Queen of Sheba sees
the wood she has a premonition that from it will come the end of the reign
of the Jews. Solomon, to thwart the prophecy, has the wood
submerged in a pond; but it returns to the surface, and is used to build
the Cross upon which Christ is crucified. Three hundred years later, on the
eve of his battle at the Milvian Bridge, Constantine sees a vision:
an angel appears to him and exhorts him to fight under the sign
of the Cross. Constantine does, and becomes Emperor of Rome. Converted to
Christianity, he sends his mother, Helena, to Jerusalem in search of the wood
of the True Cross. Only a Jew by the name of Judas knows its whereabouts, and
he refuses to speak. The Empress Helena has him thrown into a well; when
he is brought out seven days later, Judas reveals that the Cross is buried
beneath a temple dedicated to Venus. The temple is destroyed, and the three
crosses of Calvary are brought to light. The True Cross is recognized when a dead youth is restored to life by touching it. Helena brings the relic
back to Jerusalem.(From Ginzburg, The Enigma
Badia SS. Flora e Lucilla - Piazza della Badia, 3. 8:00-12, 16-19. Dome with a trompe
fresco by Andrea Pozzo (1703).
Duomo (Cattedrale di Ss. Donato e Pietro) - Piazza del Duomo. 7-12:30, 15-18:30. At the end of the left aisle, Piero's Mary Magdalen.
In the Cappella Madonna, 15C terracottas by Andrea della Robbia.
Domenico - Piazza San Domenico. 7-13, 15:30-18. Crucifix by Cimabue (1260-1265).
Santa Maria della Pieve - 8-13, 15-18:30. Vast Romanesque church with a polyptych by Pietro Lorenzetti.
Behind is the Piazza Grande. The film Life Is
Beautiful was made here.
Museo Archeologico - Ex Monastero Olivetano di San Bernardo Via Margaritone,
10. Tel. 0575/20882. 8:30-19:30. Housed in a 16C monastery built over ruins
of a Roman amphitheater. Aretian vases, Etruscan bronzes 6-5C BC. € 6
Museum of Medieval and Modern Art - Via San Lorentino, 8. Tues-Sun 8:30-19:30.
Tel. 0575/409050. Works by Vasari, Signorelli, Guido di Siena,
ceramics of the Renaissance and 17-18C. Free
Antique and flea market - the first Sunday of every month and the Saturday before. The whole
center of town becomes an outdoor market.
Piero della Francesca's birthplace and home town.
Civico - Via Aggiunti 65. 9-13:30, 14:30-19:30. Tel. 0575 732218.
Piero della Francesca's Resurrection, Madonna della Misericordia, St. Julian, St.
Ludovic. Also Signorelli, Pontormo, Bassano. Inlaid wooden choir
with still-lifes (15C). Downstairs, Romanesque and medieval sculpture. Upstairs, sinopie. € 8 full, groups of 10+ or people 18-25 years € 8, Reduced price for over-65s, groups of 10 or more and young people aged 19 to 25 - € 5
Chiesa di San Lorenzo - Via Santa Croce; Deposition
of Rosso Fiorentino.
Madonna del Parto - 9-13, 14-19. Tel. 0575 70713. Piero's fresco, the pregnant Madonna. Only one painting but
well worth the trip. Heavily restored. € 5.50 full, groups of 15+ € 4
of Federico di Montefeltro is an architectural allegory
of the renaissance state, a palace open to the circulation of people and
ideas: solid and harmonious, rational in its functionality and internal organization,
a city in the
form of a palace with the idea of becoming the center of a new model of civilization
(Luciano di Laurana, 1465, architect, completed by Francesco
di Giorgio Martini, and
Girolamo Genga). Federico was a successful condottiere, a skillful diplomat and
an enthusiastic patron of art and literature. At his court Piero della Francesca
wrote on the science of perspective, Francesco di Giorgio Martini his Trattato
di architettura ("Treatis on Architecture") and Raphael's father Giovanni
Santi his poetical account of the chief artists of his time. Federico's brilliant
court, through the descriptions in Baldassare Castiglione's The Book of the Courtier set standards of what characterized a "gentleman" in
early modern Europe.
Galleria Nazionale delle Marche - Palazzo Ducale - P.za Duca Federico – Tel. 0722 322625.
Tues-Sun 8:30-19:15, Mon 8:30-14. Raphael, Portrait
of a Young Woman (La Muta), Predella of the Profaning
of the Holy Host by Paolo Uccello, the Madonna
di Senigallia and Flagellation by
Piero della Francesca, Titian's Last Supper and Resurrection,
the Ideal City attributed
There is also the superb intarsia in the small study room (Studiolo)
Duke Federico retired to read. Also Luca Signorelli, Verrocchio, Federico Barocci, Melozzo da Forlì.
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