Gubbio, Palazzo dei Consoli

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The Palazzo dei Consoli is a splendid example of 14th Century architecture, attributed to Matteo Gattapone: a severe bulky building adorned by a lovely entrance with elegant windows and a deep loggia, overhung by an agile embattled turret. The aspect of the Palazzo Pretorio by Gattapone, is just as splendid, as is the Palazzo of Bargello with its typical bulky dimensions.
Guido Palmerucci, industrious during the 16th Century, personalized interpreter of the style of Pietro Lorenzetti, is the first notable and well known Eugubine artist; he varied the late-Gothic figurative language of Ottaviano Nelli who in turn is remembered for his beautiful Madonna del Belvedere in Santa Maria Nova and the frescoes in the apsides of Sant’Agostino.

The Renaissance is testified in Gubbio, much loved City of the Montefeltro family, by the Ducal Palace, which was also gravely damaged by earth tremors. It has a stupendous Cortile d’onore (Courtyard of Honour), which connects to the pre-existing nucleus. It’s the work of Francesco di Giorigo Martini. There is also the infamous “Studiolo” (Little Study) by Federico, realized some years later than that of Urbino. It was inspired, with its inlays trompe-l' oeil, by an unexcelled virtuosity. Today it has been reconstructed in the Metropolitan Museum of New York. At the end of the 15th Century and in the 16th Century, Gubbio saw an extraordinary development in Ceramic Art, true prestigious painting, with iridescent strips of gold and ruby red; the technique is an imitation of an ancient Islamic process which was widespread in Spain. It was imported into the City by the Deruta. Mastro Giorgio, an exceptional artist, elaborated and refined the technique, transforming it into an attribute of figures, a type of the Istoriati ones. He distinguished this technique to such a point that Majolica was sent to Gubbio by numerous Central Italian factories to have it polished.

In the Consoli building, visitors can visit the seat of the Archaeological Museum (which contains money minted in Gubbio during the Umbria/Roman era and the famous Eugubine Table) and the Art Gallery, which collected paintings by Umbrian artists from the 14th Century (Virgin with Child by Palmerucci) and from the 16th Century (Virgin of Mercy/Compassion by Sinibaldo Ibi), 14th Century relics in glass and gold graffiti, ceramics and sacred vestments.

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