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Montefetro Renaissance Sights

For more than 150 years, art historians have been trying to locate the landscapes that inspired Renaissance painters such as Piero della Francesca, Rafael and Leonardo da Vinci. While most of them decided that those landscapes were merely imaginary, two landscape hunters Rosetta Borchia and Olivia Nesci, came to new conclusions in 2007. By combining their different professional expertise they found those landscapes in real, authentic places hidden away in the hills of Montefeltro, an area scattered in three different regions: Marche, Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. Those crags, those hills, those rivers, had always been there just none could see them. The geographical region of Montefeltro, especially in its inland area, is home to some extremely beautiful landscapes, famous for their specific and unique environmental features. The crests and the chalky crags of the Valmarecchia area, or the gentle hills of the River Metauro valley, inspired the creation of real works of art by Piero della Francesca and other great artists. Nowadays, the area is still a work of art itself, maintaining its ancient features untouched, thanks to the wisdom and the hard work of its inhabitants, who respectfully preserved it. Preserving the outlook and the features of a specific land is one of the key elements when identifying a historic landscape, an "art place". The Montefeltro region features, not only an incredibly stunning landscape, but also, and most importantly, an amazing cultural heritage. Piero, Rafael, Leonardo, Bellini and many others, five centuries ago, blessed this land with wonderful heritage. Today, thanks to these artists, visiting the ancient and glorious Dukedom of Urbino feels like leafing through a rich art history catalogue, a unique and special one gathering and celebrating the most famous Renaissance landscapes.

Montefetro Renaissance Sights

For more than 150 years, art historians have been trying to locate the landscapes that inspired Renaissance painters such as Piero della Francesca, Rafael and Leonardo da Vinci. While most of them decided that those landscapes were merely imaginary, two landscape hunters Rosetta Borchia and Olivia Nesci, came to new conclusions in 2007. By combining their different professional expertise they found those landscapes in real, authentic places hidden away in the hills of Montefeltro, an area scattered in three different regions: Marche, Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. Those crags, those hills, those rivers, had always been there just none could see them. The geographical region of Montefeltro, especially in its inland area, is home to some extremely beautiful landscapes, famous for their specific and unique environmental features. The crests and the chalky crags of the Valmarecchia area, or the gentle hills of the River Metauro valley, inspired the creation of real works of art by Piero della Francesca and other great artists. Nowadays, the area is still a work of art itself, maintaining its ancient features untouched, thanks to the wisdom and the hard work of its inhabitants, who respectfully preserved it. Preserving the aspect and the features of a specific land is one of the key elements to identify a historic landscape, an “art place”. The Montefeltro region features, not only an incredibly stunning landscape but also, and most importantly, an amazing cultural heritage. Piero, Rafael, Leonardo, Bellini and many others, five centuries ago, blessed this land with wonderful heritage. Today, thanks to these artists, visiting the ancient and glorious Dukedom of Urbino is like leafing through a rich art history catalogue, a unique and special one, gathering and celebrating the most famous Renaissance landscapes.
The first landscapes to be discovered were the ones depicted in the three paintings of the Diptych of the Duchess and Duke of Urbino by Piero della Francesca (Florence, The Uffizi Gallery). The background landscape of the first two portraits is clearly the area of the Metauro River, whereas the third one is a landscape located on the old borders of the Dukedom, in the Valmarecchia area. The results of this first research work are presented in a book, “Il paesaggio invisibile” recently translated into English. The hunters later discovered more landscapes portrayed by Piero Della Francesca and these are St. Jerome and a donor, The Nativity, The Baptism of Christ and The Resurrection. The M.V.R. (Montefeltro Renaissance Sights) project aims at shedding light on  “invisible landscapes” and at unveiling “art places” that Renaissance painters chose as background landscapes for their paintings. In the area, specific balconies were set up on the exact observation points painters used. Visitors will have the chance to experience powerful, spontaneous, free and deeply rooted emotions in those same places that, five centuries ago, inspired so many great painters.
The Balconies in San Leo (Rimini)
The Balconies:
1. Piero della Francesca - Battista Sforza (from The Diptych of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino – Florence, The Uffizi Gallery).
2. Piero della Francesca – Saint Jerome and a Donor (Venice, The Accademia Art Gallery).
San Leo, Varco Biforca - Tausano
Individual visits: Balconies are open Saturdays and Sundays from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Reservation by phone is compulsory (by 1 pm of the day of the visit). Entrance ticket: 5 Euros per person to be paid directly to the guide. Free for children under 10.
Visiting time: about 45 minutes.
Groups of more than 20 people:
Visits are organized every day, at any time of the day but reservation is compulsory by 6.30 pm of the day before the visit.
For visits on Saturday and Sunday, a reservation has to be made by 1 pm of the day of the visit; guide’s fee 90.00 Euros.
For groups of more than 30 people two guides will be required (fee 180.00 Euros).
For information and reservations:
Association for Cultural and Social Development “Montefeltro Vedute Rinascimentali” Phone. +39 366 9508583.
Tourist Information Office. San Leo Tourist Board. Phone +39 0541 916306; +39 0541 916306.
www.montefeltroveduterinascimentali.eu
info@montefeltroveduterinascimentali.eu
How to get to San Leo (RN): A14 motorway exit “Rimini Sud”, follow the signs for Ravenna and then take the “Marecchiese” road as far as Pietracuta. From there follow the signs for San Leo on the left (35 kilometres).
The Balconies in Urbania (Pesaro e Urbino)
 “The Balconies”:
1. Piero della Francesca – The Triumphs (from The Diptych of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino – Florence, The Uffizi Gallery).
Urbania, Pieve del Colle (at Agriturismo Pieve del Colle).
Individual visits:
Balconies are open Saturdays and Sundays from 6.00 pm to 6.45 pm. Reservation by phone is compulsory (by 1 pm of the day of the visit). Entrance ticket: 4 Euros per person to be paid directly to the guide. Free for children under 10.
Visiting time: about 30 minutes.
Groups of more than 20 people:
Visits are organized every day, at any time of the day but reservation is compulsory by 6.30 pm of the day before the visit.
For visit on Saturday and Sunday, a reservation has to be made by 1 pm of the day of the visit; guide’s fee 80.00 Euros.
For groups of more than 30 people two guides will be required (fee 160.00 Euros).
For information and reservations:
Association for Cultural and Social Development “Montefeltro Vedute Rinascimentali” Phone +39 366 9508583.
Province of Pesaro and Urbino Tourist Board Phone +39 366 9508583.
www.montefeltroveduterinascimentali.eu
info@montefeltroveduterinascimentali.eu

How to get to Pieve del Colle (PU): A14 motorway exit “Pesaro-Urbino”, take the road leading to Urbino, then follow the signs for Urbania, after a small village called Muraglione, take the road for Acqualagna then follow the signs for the farm-house Agriturismo Pieve del Colle (45 kilometres).



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MVR on Mount San Bartolo
On 13 August 2012, the "Montefeltro Renaissance Sights" project was officially launched at Villa Capicchioni, an old manor in the heart of the natural park Parco Naturale del Monte San Bartolo, as part of the park´s summer event programme.
The Mona Lisa and the Montefeltro area The Mona Lisa and the Montefeltro area
The landscape you can glimpse on the back of the Mona Lisa is the Montefeltro area. A geomorphologist from the University of Urbino, Olivia Nesci, and the artist-photographer Rosetta Borchia, are hundred percent positive: this is the Mona Lisa´s background landscape. The two landscape hunters, as they have been dubbed, present their findings in a book 'Codice P' (which will probably be translated as `Code P´ in English). According to the two hunters´ research studies, Leonardo da Vinci used a specific compression technique to squeeze a huge geographical area into a single painted landscape of only 77x53 centimetres.
PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA il disegno tra arte e scienza PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA il disegno tra arte e scienza
mostra a cura di
Filippo Camerota
Francesco Paolo Di Teodoro
Luigi Grasselli
Palazzo Magnani Reggio Emilia
14 marzo - 14 giugno 2015
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