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Ducal Palace of Urbino
The palace, wanted by Duke Federico da Montefeltro, a man of arms and refined humanist, was built during the fifteenth century in successive stages. Among the countless craftsmen employed in the construction, the Florentine Maso di Bartolomeo, the Dalmatian Luciano Laurana and the Sienese Francis of Giorgio Martini.
It faces its long side on the Renaissance square, ideally connected to the Church of San Domenico, embellished by an elegant Renaissance portal featuring Florentine maestranze with lunette decoration by Luca della Robbia.
Today is the seat of the National Gallery of the Marche, occupying all the rooms so far recovered from the Ducal Palace on the first and second floor, for a total of about 80 environments. There are exposed paintings on the table and on canvas, frescoes, stone and terracotta sculptures, polychrome and golden wood sculptures, inlaid woods, furniture, tapestries, drawings and engravings: all chronologically located works between the 14th and 17th centuries.

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Additional Photos by Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13353 W: 132 N: 27018] (160611)
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