Marche Renaissance. Fifty restored works return for traveling exhibition in earthquake crater

First stop for the Marche Renaissance exhibition is Ascoli Piceno; Rome and Senigallia will follow.

Three years have passed since the 2016 earthqu ake, and 51 restored works will return to the earthquake crater in a three-stage traveling exhibition that will kick off Nov. 22, 2019, in Ascoli Piceno at Forte Malatesta.

The exhibition, titled Marche Renaissance. Works of Art Restored from Earthquake Places, curated by Stefano Papetti and Pierluigi Moriconi, stems from a collaboration signed by ANCI Marche and Pio Sodalizio dei Piceni in 2017, who were involved in the recovery of works of art damaged by the earthquake, and the scientific contribution of the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio delle Marche.

The 51 works from the Marche region on display are owned by seventeen different public and ecclesiastical entities from the provinces of Ascoli Piceno, Fermo and Macerata.

Visitors will be able to admire artifacts ranging from the 15th to the 18th century, some of high devotional and non-historical-artistic value and others of great historical-artistic value, as stated by curator Stefano Papetti. These include wooden crucifixes and vesperbilds of German scope that were still found inside churches to be objects of prayer. There will be Scenes from the Life of St. Lucy by Jacobello del Fiore from the Palazzo dei Priori in Fermo, the Praying Madonna, Child and Musician Angels from Sarnano by Vittore Crivelli, the two predellas by Vincenzo Pagani and the Crucifixion by Stefano Folchetti, and the Nativity with Saints Jerome, Francis, Anthony of Padua and James of the Marches by Cola dell’Amatrice from the sacristy of the Church of San Francesco in Ascoli Piceno. Also, works by Giovanni Baglione, Cavalier d’Arpino and Giovanni Serodine.

The restorations were carried out by Marche technicians in collaboration with the University of Camerino and the University of Urbino and the scientific direction of the Soprintendenza. The interventions also made it possible to make new attributions and gain new knowledge about the painting technique and materials used by the painters.

The objective of the exhibition is also to make the restored works usable; as curator Pierluigi Moriconi says, “Once the exhibitions are over, the works that cannot be relocated to their original locations because they have collapsed or have not yet been restored, will be placed in eight storage rooms and there they will always be available to the public.”

After the first stage in Ascoli Piceno, the exhibition will be transferred to Rome at the Complesso Monumentale di San Salvatore in Lauro of the Pio Sodalizio dei Piceni (from February 18 to July 5, 2020) and then, from July 23 to November 3, 2020, for the third and final stage, to Senigallia at the Palazzo del Duca.

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Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and pre-holidays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays.

Tickets: Full 6 euros, reduced 4 euros.

Marche Renaissance. Fifty restored works return for traveling exhibition in earthquake crater
Marche Renaissance. Fifty restored works return for traveling exhibition in earthquake crater

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