We were very pleased to discover that the exhibition dedicated to Federico Barocci, which opened its doors on February 27 at the National Gallery in London, is proving a great success both with the public and the media. The show is riding the waves of the full houses in the United States, where the "Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master" exhibition ended on January 20.
The distinctive feature of the major retrospective, "Barocci Brilliance and Grace", is the chance to see for the first time, alongside the large paintings, his wonderful drawings and sketches: a hundred have survived to the present day, a treasure that reveals the level of perfectionism achieved in his method of working.
If you fall in love with the gentleness of Barocci’s paintings when visiting the exhibition in London, you should know that you can find his works in many Italian cities, both in the main museums and in small locations unknown to the general public. So here are some tips to follow when planning your itinerary throughout Italy between cathedrals and museums.
If you are in Milan, you can admire the Martyrdom of Saint Vitalis in the famous Brera Art Gallery. If you are also willing to travel an hour or so by high-speed train, you will be able to come across two other Barocci paintings: moving to the Tyrrhenian coast, inside the Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Genoa, you will find the Crucifixion with Mourners and Saint Sebastian; moving towards the Adriatic coast, in Bologna’s City Museum of Ancient Art you can contemplate the Lamentation over the Dead Christ.
If you are visiting Rome, it is worth knowing that that this is the city that initially greeted the young Barocci at the start of his career and now houses a large collection of his works. They range from places that are well-known at international level to hidden churches: from the Borghese Gallery to the Church of Santa Maria di Sopra; from the Vatican Picture Gallery to the Vatican Palaces.
On the other hand, if you want to immerse yourself completely in the atmosphere in which the artist created most of his work, Urbino, the birthplace of Barocci, is the city for you. You will be spoiled for choice: in fact, there are dozens of the works of the artist enclosed within churches and museums. The most comprehensive is definitely the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, where you can find many of his paintings, including the masterpiece, Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata.
In short, for the enthusiasts there's enough to start immediately on a tour of Italy in the footsteps of Federico Barocci and his amazing works!