Lorenzo Lotto “Il Richiamo delle Marche”2018-11-06T09:51:17+01:00

2018 brings one of the most fascinating artists of the Renaissance back into the international spotlight, with events in Spain, in the United Kingdom, and in Italy. In the Marche region, a major two-track exhibition leads from Macerata, where the works linked to this land, but scattered around Europe, go back, to Lotto’s masterpieces, which are preserved in the territory.
Among villages, hills and sea.

Lorenzo Lotto goes back to being protagonist in the Marche region, his chosen land, in a very special year. In fact, 2018 has internationally put the spotlight on him. He is now at the heart of an appreciated exhibition which is dedicated to his portraits in two of the most important museums in the world: the Prado Museum in Madrid, where the exhibition ended last 30th September, and the National Gallery in London, where the exhibition will open next November.
The Marche region could not miss this “unpredicted” year, since its land has been an essential landmark for Lotto’s life and training.
In the autumn and winter 2018, concurrently with the two exhibitions in the prestigious Institutions in London and Madrid, and in collaboration with the State Hermitage Museum, this land becomes scene of an exhibition and of collateral and extremely valuable initiatives. Promoted by the Marche Region along with Macerata Municipality, they will let the public rediscover the extraordinary heritage left by Lotto, in a region that is unique in terms of quantity and quality of Lotto’s works.
In the meantime, the public will be able to understand the deep bond linking the Venetian Master to this land, where he kept going back to create and be inspired. He chose to die and be buried here.
From the 19th October 2018 to the 20th February 2019, Palazzo Buonaccorsi, where Macerata Civic Museum is, will host a big and unusual exhibition, organised by Villaggio Globale International. It will gather for the first time all Lotto’s pieces: the ones that have been created for the territory and then scattered around the world, and those that have had a strong tie with the Marches for history and realisation.
It is a research exhibition, which is somehow experimental and wants to combine expositive power, follow-up multimedia supports, great masterpieces, but also sparks for research and critical discussion.
It is a valuable exhibition. It reveals to the public some unpublished documents about the artist’s work and some pieces which have never been exhibited before. Among all, there is the “Venus dressed up by the Graces”, part of a private collection. It was publicized by Zampetti in 1957 but stayed in the dark for seven decades. It’s one of the most striking novelties of the exhibition! This exhibition necessarily ends up in the Marche region, setting itself in close dialogue with Lotto’s works (25 pieces), which are scattered in the different museums and intentionally left in the institutions of belonging.
Along with Macerata, the cities and towns of Ancona, Cingoli, Jesi, Loreto, Mogliano, Monte San Giusto, Recanati, and Urbino shape a scattered exhibition to be experienced within the stunning artistic and natural heritage of the Marches. The last tragic earthquake that hit the centre of Italy has wounded the region, which is tenaciously aiming to enhance its immense heritage.

Enrico Maria Dal Pozzolo, one of the leading experts on the artist and co-curator of the exhibitions in Madrid and London, is curating this exhibition, in collaboration with many scholars from the Marches. The exhibition will show more than 20 authentic paintings and 7 drawings by Lotto, and some extraordinary graphic works by great artists, such as Dürer and Mantegna, who inspired Lotto. To contextualize his works in this land, the exhibition will show some valuable manuscripts and volumes, globes and ancient maps.
Palazzo Buonaccorsi, at the heart of Macerata, will gather for the occasion Lotto’s pieces from international collections, such as the Gemaldegalerie of the Berlin State Museum, the British Museums in London, the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Brukental National Museum in Sibiu, the Prado Museum in Madrid and the Strasbourg Fine Arts Museum, but also the Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan, the Correr Museum in Venice, and the Quirinale Collections.
For the first time in Italy, “Saint Christopher” and “Saint Sebastian” are shown. It deals with two panels of a missing polyptych that Lotto painted for the Church of Castelplanio, a small town not far from Jesi. Between 1819 and 1821, Prussia acquired the works from the English merchant Edward Solly. They have been restored at the Getty Museum: they revealed some parts that were hidden by the frame showing a sublime and thorough painting of Saint Sebastian’s naked body, which is very rare in Lotto’s works.
Two of the essential works by Lotto arrives from the Hermitage Museum of Saint Peterburg. One of them is “Christ leads the Apostles to the Mount Tabor” (1511-1512), predella of the stunning “Pala di Recanati” that can be admired in Recanati, the close Leopardi’s birthplace. The “Sacred Conversation” arrives from the Uffizi Galleries and will be exhibited for the first time after an exceptional restoration. It dates back to 1534, when Lotto was surely in the Marches. The stunning and unexpected shade of the painting and its complex iconography confirm the greatness of this artist, who is able to enchant with his “magic vibrations of light. This melancholic and agitated painter was not adequately appreciated in life, but since the end of the ‘800s critics has considered him one of the major painters of the XVI century.

In Palazzo Buonaccorsi, where the public can admire its magnificent baroque decorations, Lotto’s experience in the Marches is recomposed. Some “linking” works integrate it, but the territorial bond is neither documented nor excluded. In such a manner, Lotto’s artistic evolution can be shaped. On the other hand, the cross references to many artworks of the territory are suggested by the instructional material and some videos specifically produced by Land Communication, along with the documentary directed by Luca Criscenti (which was presented in Madrid and London as well). It closes the exhibition by inviting the visitors to go visit villages and hills in Lotto’s footsteps.
There’s just one exception: the touching presence of the big fresco, which has been detached and assembled on the canvas of “Saint Vincent Ferrer in Gloria” (1510-1512 ca). It is the only fresco to be known in the Marches. It was in the Church of Saint Domenico in Recanati, which was made condemned after the severe earthquake, so it has not been possible to admire the painting for a long time. It is now exhibited for this occasion, thanks to the collaboration with the local diocese. In the end, there is a provocation to create clarity around this issue and in the minds of everyone who could help. The last exhibited work is the empty frame of the prominent “Madonna of Osimo”, painted by Lorenzo around the ‘30s of the XVI century and stolen from the Church of minor friars in 1911, the same year as the notorious theft of the Mona Lisa.
As opposed to Leonardo’s masterpiece, Lotto’s painting was never retrieved. It wounded the regional heritage, a wound yet to be healed.
Crucifixion, 1529
Monte San Giusto (Macerata) Santa Maria in Telusiano

Saint Cristopher and Saint Sebastian, 1531
Berlin, State Museums, Gemäldegalerie
Madonna with Child and Saints, 1539
Cingoli (Macerata), Cingoli Municipality –
Sala degli Stemmi

Madonna with Child and angels
Saint Peterbourg, Hermitage Museum

Judith with Holoferne’s head
Rome, BNL Group BNP Collection
Portrait of Giovanni Maria Pizoni, 1538
Oil on canvas 55,5 x 43,5 cm
Milan, Luigi Koelliker Collection

Lorenzo Lotto’s workhop
Mystical Marriage of St Catherine at the presence of Saint Jerome, 1507
Oil on canvas, 57,5 x 74,5 x 5 cm
Private collection

Holy Family in the night
(Madonna who washes the Child), 1526
Oil on canvas, 53,5 x 44 cm
Siena, National Gallery (Inv. 643), Tuscany Museum Centre



Exhibitional Seat
Palazzo Buonaccorsi
Musei Civici di Macerata
Via Don Minzoni, 24


Palzzo Buonaccorsi ticket office
+39 0733.25.63. 61

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Public open
19 ottobre 2018 – 10 febbraio 2019

Info for conventions and other combinations of visits to the Macerata Civic Network Museums:

Lotto’s cities tour
Recanati, Monte San Giusto, Mogliano, Cingoli, Osimo, Loreto, Jesi, Ancona


Ticket office timetables
Palazzo Buonaccorsi – Via Don Minzoni, 24
Sferisterio – Piazza Nazario Sauro
Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00
closed on Mondays
The ticket office closes 30 minutes before the indicated time

The single ticket includes:
admission to the exhibition; the visit of Palazzo Buonaccorsi and the Sferisterio;
CityTour at fixed times.

Full: €10
Reduced – €8
visitors from 20 to 25 years; card holders FAI, TOURING CLUB ITALIANO, COOP Alleanza 3.0, Italia Nostra; teachers
Reduced – €5
(groups of 15 people – max 25; school groups min 15 people – max 30)
Reduced – €3
(resident of Macerata city)
Reduced earthwake area: €3
(residents in the crater area)
Family pack:
full or reduced adult ticket
children and teenagers free up to 19 years

children, young people, 0-14 years old; soci ICOM; journalists with a regular card; disabled and accompanying persons; Card McCULT holder
The ticket is valid 10 days from the day of its issue.

Card McCULT: €3
for residents of the Marca Maceratese
(the municipalities of the province of Macerata), with annual validity starting from 1 November. Advantages: free admission all year round, cultural events and initiatives, bookshop purchases, news.

Visite guidate
(max 25 persone):
italiano €80; inglese €100
per 1 h di visita.
Palazzo Buonaccorsi, Sferisferio, mostra
(max 25 persone):
italiano €110; inglese €130
per circa 2 h di visita.
Info e prenotazioni:
info@italytolive.it – www.italytolive.it

Ingresso gratuito per gruppi scolastici – da 15 a 30 alunni- che usufruiscono di visita guidata o attività didattica
Visita guidata mostra
(max 30 persone e 2 docenti accompagnatori):
€60 per 1 h di visita;
€50 per le scuole della città di Macerata e i Comuni dell’area del sisma.
Visita guidata mostra e laboratorio didattico
(min 15, max 30 persone):
€5 per una durata di 1 h e 30 minuti.

Pacchetti e Informazioni Turistiche


Events Program


Lorenzo Lotto in the territory

With its unusual position “poking” out into the sea, over the centuries the city has been the landing place of great civilisations that have left important evidence of their passage: from the cathedral of San Ciriaco to the I century AD Roman amphitheatre and the Arch of Trajan. The Pinacoteca Civica – which boasts one of the most remarkable collections in Marche, with works by Titian, Sebastiano Del Piombo, Guercino and Crivelli – conserves the Sacra Conversazione, also known as Lotto’s Altarpiece of the Halberd. The work was commissioned to commemorate the events that occurred during the tyranny of Cardinal Legato Benedetto Accolti, with each character and object with a specific meaning in a cross-referencing of looks and symbols. Elsewhere in Ancona, the church of San Francesco alle Scale safeguards another work by Lotto, the altarpiece of the Assumption painted in 1550: a Venetian work in its essence, marked by a concise and emphatic manner. Another Lotto site is the Loggia dei Mercanti, where an auction of his paintings took place in 1550.

Exhibitional Seat
Pinacoteca Comunale “F. Podesti”
Vicolo Foschi, 4

martedì – venerdì: 16:00 – 19:00
sabato e domenica: 10:00 – 19:00
lunedì e orari di chiusura su prenotazione obbligatoria per scuole e/o gruppi

Intero (Pinacoteca e Museo della città): €6
Ridotto €3 (giovani 14-25 anni; adulti oltre i 65 anni; gruppi di almeno 15 persone; possessori del biglietto della mostra di Macerata)
Gratuito ragazzi fino a 14 anni
Fototessera annuale di libero accesso ai Musei Cittadini € 30,00 la prima domenica del mese ingresso gratuito

Guided Tours

T + 39 071 2225047


Exhibitional Seat
Chiesa di S. Francesco alle Scale

lunedì – domenica: 08:30 – 17:00

Ingresso gratuito

Guided Tours
T +39 320 8773610

Immersed in one of the most beautiful, luxuriant and rarest areas of the Mediterranean landscape in terms of flora, Cingoli stands in a panoramic position at 630 m, which has earned it the nickname of “Balcony of Marche”. Its almost intact city walls and the many monuments in the historic districts with quiet, pretty streets attest to the glorious past of Cingoli. Lotto’s extraordinary Madonna del Rosario was painted for the high altar of the church of S. Domenico which, unfortunately is closed since 2016 earthquake; the masterpiece is now on display in the Sala degli Stemmi of Cingoli’s Palazzo Comunale.
The work is an expression of Lotto’s great inventive fantasy and executive skill; painted shortly after the Ancona one, here he managed to create an altarpiece that is even more complex, not only for the presence of more figures but also for the extraordinary manner in which he depicted the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary.

Exhibitional Seat
Palazzo comunale, Sala degli Stemmi
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, 5

lunedì – martedì – giovedì: 08:30 – 12:30 / 15:00 – 18:00
mercoledì – venerdì: 08:30 – 12:30
sabato: 08:30 – 12:30 / 16:30 – 18:30
domenica e festivi: 10:30 – 12:30 / 16:30 – 18:30


T + 39 0733 602877
T + 39 0733 602444


A beautiful town with an ancient Roman and medieval heart, set halfway between the sea and the mountains. Piazza Federico II, an ancient Roman forum and the birthplace of the famous Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, houses the multimedia museum called “Stupor Mundi” and the Museo Diocesano, with over 200 works from churches and religious institutions from the diocese of Jesi. In the eighteenth century, new public buildings were constructed in the oldest part of the town, including Teatro Pergolesi and Palazzo Pianetti, now home to the Musei Civici of Jesi, which preserve precious works ranging from archaeological items to modern works and five pictures by Lorenzo Lotto painted between 1512 and 1539 for the churches of San Francesco al monte and San Floriano.
They include the large altarpiece of the Deposition, two small panels depicting the Angel of the Annunciation and the Virgin of the Annunciation, the Madonna of the Roses and, a true masterpiece, the famous Saint Lucy altarpiece.

Exhibitional Seat
Musei Civici di Palazzo Pianetti
Via XV Settembre, 10

martedì – domenica e festivi: 10:00 – 13:00 / 16:00 – 19:00
lunedì chiuso, eccetto festivi

Intero €3 – visita di un museo; €6 – visita di due musei; €8 – visita di tre musei.
Ridotto €3 – cumulativo di due musei; €6 – cumulativo di tre musei
gruppi scolastici; gruppi min 15 persone;
studenti universitari fino a 26 anni (su presentazione della tessera universitaria);
soci Archeoclub, FAI;
possessori biglietto d’ingresso Museo Federico II Stupor Mundi e Grotte di Frassassi (fino al 31/12/2018)
Gratuito ragazzi fino a 14 anni

Guided Tours
solo su prenotazione:
T + 39 0731 538420 – 439 – 343

T + 39 0731 538340


With the unmistakable silhouette of its Sanctuary and the majesty of the Apostolic Palace, Loreto immediately stands out for its beauty. The history of the Sanctuary has interlaced with the history of the city for centuries, since 1294 when tradition has it that Mary’s house in Nazareth was moved there. Among the various artworks preserved at the Museo Pontificio Santa Casa in Loreto there are seven paintings by Lorenzo Lotto that used to adorn the old Cappella del Coro, some of which painted by the artist in the last years of his life, spent at the Sanctuary as an oblate in the Santa Casa: Christ and the Adulteress, Saint Michael casting out Lucifer, The Adoration of the Child, The Sacrifice of Melchizedek, The Baptism of Christ, The Adoration of the Magi and The Presentation of Christ in the Temple. Another great picture, a Saint Christopher and the Child with Saints Roch and Sebastian can be admired in the Basilica della Santa Casa.

Exhibitional Seat
Museo Pontificio Santa Casa
Piazza della Madonna 1

Tutti i giorni: 10:00 – 13:00 / 15:00 – 18:00

L’ingresso al Museo Pontificio Santa Casa è gratuito

T 071 – 9747198

Halfway between the Sibylline Mountains and the Adriatic Riviera lies Mogliano, a charming borgo perched in the hills of Marche. This unexpectedly beautiful little town commands the surrounding valleys. The church of Santa Maria di Piazza and the old oratory of the Madonna della Misericordia, now house of the MASM (Museo Arte Sacra Mogliano), adorn the town square, together with the Teatro Apollo.
The MASM, recently restored and house of a fine collection includes the Madonna in Glory with Angels and Saints John the Baptist, Anthony of Padua, Mary Magdalene and
Joseph, also known as the Assumption altarpiece, painted by Lorenzo Lotto in 1548. The painting and its frame were commissioned to Lotto by the mayor of Mogliano, Giacomo Boninfanti.
Completed in May 1548, the painting arrived in Mogliano from Venice, just in time for the feast of the patron saint of the town, Saint John the Baptist.

Exhibitional Seat
MASM – Museo Arte Sacra di Mogliano
Vicolo Boninfanti

martedì e mercoledì: 10:00 – 12:30
giovedì: 17:30 – 19:30; venerdì 10:00 – 12:30
/ 17:30 – 19:30
sabato: 10:00 – 13:00 / 15:00 – 18:00
domenica chiuso

L’ingresso al MASM è gratuito

Guided Tours
solo su prenotazione:
M + 39 338 6564408

Comune di Mogliano
T + 39 0733 557771
T + 39 0733 557730
M + 39 335 5329539
Responsabile museo
M + 39 338 6564408


Monte San Giusto lies amid the valleys where the Cremone and the Ete Morto flow, in a panoramic position facing the sea. Here stands one of the most important Renaissance buildings of Marche together with Palazzo Ducale in Urbino: Palazzo Bonafede, today site of the Museo di Monte San Giusto. Not far from here stands the church of Santa Maria in Telusiano (or della Pietà) founded in the fourteenth century but restored in the sixteenth, and housing a Crucifixion by Lorenzo Lotto in its original frame. The work, commissioned to Lotto by Nicolò Bonafede, bishop of Chiusi and official of the Roman court, includes its patron: marked by a grandiose drama in the depiction of the Crucifixion, the composition also includes a portrait of Bonafede kneeling and contemplating the fainting of Mary. The picture is a representation of suffering in which the tragedy is never desperation and nor is the truth displayed as realism.

Exhibitional Seat
Chiesa di Santa Maria in Telusiano
Via Tolomei, 5

tutti i giorni: 08:00 – 12:30 / 15:00 – 19:00

L’ingresso è gratuito

Guided Tours
Info e prenotazioni
M + 39 334 7085112

Segreteria Comune
T + 39 0733 839006 – 07
Casa Parrocchiale
T + 39 0733 53162

App per scoprire i momumenti della città

Enclosed between Monte Conero, the Adriatic Sea and the Sibylline Mountains, Recanati is the most lyrical village in Marche, maybe all Italy. Protected by its ancient walls and by those hills that so much inspired Giacomo Leopardi, Recanati flourished in XII century, thanks to the union of three hamlets, the construction of the port and finally the conferment of the title of City as well as episcopal seat. Over the years, Recanati enjoyed the passage of humanists, artists and writers. Here, the Museo Civico-Villa Colloredo Mels preserves an extraordinary corpus of works by Lorenzo Lotto: from the San Domenico polyptych, the young painter’s first work in Marche, to The Transfiguration of Christ, Saint James the Greater and his masterpiece: the Annunciation, perhaps Lorenzo Lotto’s most famous picture, which depicts the unfolding of the miraculous event exactly as it takes place.

Exhibitional Seat
Villa Colloredo Mels
Via Gregorio XII

martedì – domenica: 10:00 – 13:00 / 15:00 – 18:00

Il biglietto di circuito prevede l’ingresso a Villa Colloredo, alla Pinacoteca e Museo dell’Emigrazione Marchigiana, alla Torre del borgo e al Museo Beniamino Gigli
Intero €10
Ridotto €7
gruppi gruppi min 15 persone; gruppi accompagnati da guida turistica abilitata;
possessori tessere FAI, Touring Club, Italia Nostra, Coop, Alleanza 3.0 e precedenti, Adriatica, Nordest, Estense.
Ridotto €5
Possessori di Recanati Card in caso di mostre temporanee; Campus Infinito; gruppi scolastici.
Gratuito minori fino a 19 anni; soci ICOM;
giornalisti muniti di regolare tesserino;
disabili ed accompagnatore; gruppi scolastici che usufruiscono di visita guidata o attività laboratoriali.

Guided Tours
Info e prenotazioni
T + 39 071 7570410 / 071 981471

Villa Coloredo Mels
T + 39 071 7570410
T + 39 071 981471


A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998 and the birthplace of Raphael, Urbino certainly is one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. The transformation from a medieval village to a Renaissance urban jewel took place under Federico da Montefeltro ruling, who was the lord of Urbino in the second half of the XVcentury.
The Palazzo Ducale now houses the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche which, in addition to important paintings by Piero della Francesca, Raphael and Laurana, also conserves a Saint Roch by Lotto, purchased for the museum by the state in 2007. Part of a diptych, Saint Roch recurs in Lotto’s oeuvre for the devotional aspects associated with the figure of this saint, invoked to protect against the plague. As in the picture at Loreto, Saint Roch is accompanied by Saints Christoper and Sebastian while he indicates the typical marks of the plague, inviting the observer to trust in divine benevolence to be healed.

Exhibitional Seat
Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Palazzo
Ducale di Urbino,
Piazza Rinascimento, 13

da martedì a domenica: dalle 8:30 alle 19:15
lunedì: dalle 8:30 alle 14:00

0722 322625


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