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Senigallia Madonna (1473-74?), oil and tempera on panel, cm 61x53 | Piero della Francesca

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The Audience Chamber are hold two absolute masterpieces of Italian art: Piero della Francesca's Flagellation and the Senigallia Madonna.
The Senigallia Madonna is generally thought to have been commissioned for the marriage between Federico's daughter Giovanna and Giovanni Della Rovere.
But another likely hypothesis is that the work is linked to the death of Battista Sforza which took place in 1472; the basket contains a sheet, symbol of death, and the Buddha-like child resembles the heir Guidubaldo at the age of one.
This hieratic though joyful image - the two angels are unforgettable - was stolen in 1975 together with the Flagellation: both paintings were recovered the following year.
Guide to the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche in the Palazzo Ducale at Urbino
P. Dal Poggetto
Paperback, 16,5x23 cm, pp. 96, 89 col. ill.
€ 10,00

This volume illustrates the collections in the National Gallery of the Marches displayed in the splendid palace built by Federico da Montefeltro to glorify his family.
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