Duke of Urbino's little study restored to former glory

(AGI) Urbino, Mar 13 - The "studiolo" (little study) of DukeFederico da Montefeltro has been restored to its former glory.Thanks to a loan from the Louvre Museum of 14 panels depictingfamous men, the Ducal Palace of Urbino has recreated theintimate setting in which the duke took his politicaldecisions, reflected and entered a dialogue with wise men ofthe past. The exhibition, "The Duke's studiolo - The return ofthe Illustrious Men to the Court of Urbino", was inaugurated onThursday in the presence of Superintendent Maria RosariaValazzi, Mayor of Urbino; Maurizio Gambini, the art

(AGI) Urbino, Mar 13 - The "studiolo" (little study) of DukeFederico da Montefeltro has been restored to its former glory.Thanks to a loan from the Louvre Museum of 14 panels depictingfamous men, the Ducal Palace of Urbino has recreated theintimate setting in which the duke took his politicaldecisions, reflected and entered a dialogue with wise men ofthe past. The exhibition, "The Duke's studiolo - The return ofthe Illustrious Men to the Court of Urbino", was inaugurated onThursday in the presence of Superintendent Maria RosariaValazzi, Mayor of Urbino; Maurizio Gambini, the art historianand one of the curators of the exhibition; Carlo Bertelli,Culture Councillor of Marche Region; Pietro Marcolini, CulturalAssessor to the Marche Region; and Maurizio Cecconi, CEO ofGlobal Village International, the company that organised theexhibition. Defined by Superintendant Valazzi as "a tinymiracle", this unique exhibition returns the studio of Federicoda Montefeltro to the public in its original form, with imagesof scholars in its portraits and rare items. Marche Region hasincluded the exhibition in its calendar of events to promotethe area at Milan Expo 2015. "We are excited and proud to behere," said Councillor Marcolini, "at an historic andiconographic event of international importance, which sees thereconstruction of a unique, original and unrepeatableenvironment, the Duke of Urbino's little study. In this place,now and for four months, we can re-experience the strength,wisdom and scholarship of those famous people - philosophers,poets, scientists, men of genius, and doctors of the church -who inspired Federico da Montefeltro to realise the Renaissancedream of good governance, conjoining military virtues withancient wisdom. Almost four centuries from its 17th centurydismemberment, carried out by the papal legate Barberini," MrMarcolini added, "we have revived thanks to modern multimediadevices, the Duke's intellectual microcosm of virtual dialoguewith the wise." The exhibition will remain open until July 5.(AGI) . . .