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Le Marche encompasses everything one would want from Italy. Incredible countryside from the Sibillini mountains to the glorious coastline, classic landscapes, castellated hilltops towns, culture, art, music, indoor, outdoor and watersports, wonderful wildlife, fun, delicious food and wines, quality fashions and footwear, museums, churches, culture, history – so much to do and see. Experience life to its fullest – experience Le Marche!
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Madonna and Child with Angel Pietro di Domenico da Montepulciano - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Madonna and Child with Angel Pietro di Domenico da Montepulciano - The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

This exquisite painting dates about 1420 and is notable for the refinement of its tooled and freehand work on the gold ground. The picture alludes to the Madonna’s humility (seated on grass); as Queen of Heaven (the angels tooled into the gold background suspend a crown over her); and as the beloved enclosed in a garden. She unveils her sleeping child—an allusion to his future sacrifice and death. It is one of the finest works by Pietro di Domenico, who was active in the region of the Marches.
Exceptionally, the picture survives intact with its original engaged frame decorated with a continuous flower pattern and the artist's signature.

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Madonna della Misericordia in San Ginesio

Madonna della Misericordia in San Ginesio | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

We went south specifically to see this painting. It’s in the cathedral in San Ginesio.

We walked into this dark church and are looking everywhere, and I spot it behind the altar. We start taking pics, but it’s a weird angle, so I go up the gate and find that the lock is not closed. Derrick and I open the gate and walk into the monks’ stalls and now we’re shooting the painting right on. Don’t you know it, this pretend priest comes in and at first says nothing and then goes off yelling at us. (He screamed something about an alarm going off.) We played the tourist card and left. But I got the shot.

When we get back to Isola di Fano, I’ll add more info about the painting. (The connection here at the hotel is sporadic and I’m amazed it stayed on long enough for me to do this post.) Tomorrow on our way back, we are stopping at another small town to see another rendering of La Madonna della Misericordia – Our Lady of Mercy. It’s a new awareness learning the word misericordia, because it sounds like another word in a famous Italian curse –porca miseria. I grew up listening to the old Italians cursing, and to re-imagine the new word as connected to Mary saving people from the Black Plague, and not to remember the cursing is work.

This particular rendering has a name – Madonna del Popolo – by Pietro Alemanno; it is signed and dated 1485.

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Federico Barocci - from Le Marche the painter who foreshadowed the Baroque

Federico Barocci - from Le Marche the painter who foreshadowed the Baroque | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Federico Barocci (c. 1526, Urbino – 1612, Urbino) was an Italian Renaissance painter and printmaker. His original name was Federico Fiori, and he was nicknamed Il Baroccio, which still in northwestern Italian dialects means a two wheel cart drawn by oxen. His work was highly esteemed and influential, and foreshadows the Baroque of Rubens.

He was born at Urbino, Duchy of Urbino, and received his earliest apprenticeship with his father, Ambrogio Barocci, a sculptor of some local eminence. He was then apprenticed with the painter Battista Franco in Urbino. He accompanied his uncle, Bartolomeo Genga to Pesaro, then in 1548 to Rome, where he was worked in the pre-eminent studio of the day, that of the Mannerist painters, Taddeo and Federico Zuccari...

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Acclaimed mosaic artist Ben Craven exhibits 'Once upon a time' at the Palazzo Bonfranceschi in Belforte del Chienti

Acclaimed mosaic artist Ben Craven exhibits 'Once upon a time' at the Palazzo Bonfranceschi in Belforte del Chienti | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Last night we attended the launch of a very special exhibition in an appropriately atmospheric venue. The exhibition 'Once Upon a time' by Ben Craven was set in the International Dynamic Contemporary Art Museum (otherwise known as the Palazzo Bonfranceschi) in the breathtaking hilltop town of Belforte Del Chienti. British Ben Craven has spent almost a decade living in Le Marche with his young family amongst the rural community and farmers for whom the exhibition was dedicated.

The exhibition 'Once upon a time' by Ben Craven.

As neighbour's of Ben's we too have experienced the inherent values of the Marchegano people (tireless hospitality, kinship & kindness) representing an enduring traditional Italian community, we felt the exhibition captured the core of these people.

The exhibition cannot be said better than in the words of the (MIDAC) director Alfonso Caputo in

'The portraits by Ben Craven are very tangible. They are heavy for the matter that composes them. They are heavy for the fullness and complexity of the lives portrayed. They are heavy for the stories they contain. They are signs of a non superficial passage among the things of the daily world. They are not just faces, but also and especially the dialogues that have been developed with these people.

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Raphael: Le Marche Artists

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Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (Urbino, March 28 or April 6 1483 – Rome, April 6  1520) better known simply as Raphael, was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. His work is admired for its clarity of form and ease of composition and for its visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period.[4]
Raphael was enormously productive, running an unusually large workshop, and despite his death at 37, a large body of his work remains. Many of his works are found in the Apostolic Palace of The Vatican, where the frescoed Raphael Rooms were the central, and the largest, work of his career. The best known work is The School of Athens in the Vatican Stanza della Segnatura...

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Profoundly inspiring courses, Art, nature, spirit:Montanaro Circle, San Ginesio Le Marche

Profoundly inspiring courses, Art, nature, spirit:Montanaro Circle, San Ginesio Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Check this new venture Montanaro circle in Le Marche Italy. It offers courses in traditional arts, meditation and nature walks in the Sibillini mountains. The teachers include the the leader from BBC's 'The Retreat' program, the leader from the Transcendental meditation trust and a world famous icon painter.

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The artist Fathi Hassan who lived in Le Marche will exhibit in Qatar

The artist Fathi Hassan who lived in Le Marche will exhibit in Qatar | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar will host the opening reception of ‘The Depth of Hope’ by acclaimed Egyptian Sudanese artist Fathi Hassan tomorrow at 7pm.

Hassan was born in Cairo in 1957 to Sudanese and Egyptian parents. Since graduating in 1984, he has lived in Le Marche, Italy, and currently works between Italy and Great Britain.[...]

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Merry Christmas to all le Marche Lovers

Merry Christmas to all le Marche Lovers | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Madonna and Child 
Giovanni Battista Salvi, called Il Sassoferrato (Italian, 1605-1685)
Sassoferrato was a Roman Baroque painter who is perhaps best known for his many luminous and pious images of the Virgin. The Madonna and Child with  shows Mary cradling the sleeping Christ Child tenderly in her arms.  With his rosy cheeks and plump arms and legs, the Christ Child appears as a typical, healthy baby. Mary is shown as a radiant young mother. This image endows the Virgin and Child with human qualities and celebrates the natural maternal bond between mother and infant. This bond is emphasized by the manner in which Mary embraces Jesus, resting her cheek on his head. 

The rich, warm golds and pinks, and the soothing blue of Mary's shawl lend peace and tranquillity to the composition. Sassoferrato's clean, crisp lines, exemplified by the finely executed folds of drapery, reveal his command of classical Baroque painting techniques. This painstaking craftsmanship contributed to his renown. 

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... because Christmas is the Celebration of Motherhood

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Le Marche and its extraordinary art: The Polyptychs of Monti Azzurri

Le Marche and its extraordinary art: The Polyptychs of Monti Azzurri | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

It was in central Italy that the Renaissance first took root. This great cultural explosion was not merely a school of painting, a style of sculpture or an architectural fashion, but an entirely new way of seeing the world.
In Le Marche numerous altarpieces in shape of polyptychs, panels, frontals, narrate the art, the faith, the culture, but also the fashion and life in a glorious and prosperous past. This internet site is a unique, despite is small, rich example of what Le Marche can offers in terms of art and culture of the Renaissance.

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David Seys: a British voice and the Piceno.tv

David Seys: a British voice and the Piceno.tv | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

David Seys, the award winning British voice over, thrilled to be main voice on magnificent site for Piceni.tv

 

http://britishvoice.tv

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Castignano, Rua della pace

Castignano, Rua della pace | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Some of the narrowest alleys of Italy are located in Le Marche. Visit the Beautiful Villages of Le Marche in central Italy with stunning Medieval architecture and fine art in churches and museums

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