New routes, new views, new experiences: 2016 news of Montefeltro Renaissance Sights project have just been presented.
The territory of Montefeltro has inspired some of the works of famous Renaissance painters, such as Leonardo da Vinci and especially Piero della Francesca. The backgrounds represented on canvas, in fact, lead back to the landscapes that Piero used to meet during his regular walks from his hometown Sansepolcro to the Courts of Urbino and Rimini. While some historians believed that they were imaginary landscapes, others have tried to place them geographically.
The scholars Rosetta Borchia and Olivia Nesci, now called "landscapes hunters", have found them in 2007 in Montefeltro, between Emilia-Romagna, Marche and Tuscany. From the results of these researches it was found that just between the peaks and limestone cliffs of the Valmarecchia and the rolling hills of the Metauro Valley have "materialized" the greatest masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.
The methodological approach, absolutely innovative, experienced for the first time in pictorial landscapes, laid the scientific foundations for the discovery of other backgrounds of Piero della Francesca’s works all over the territory of Montefeltro (St. Jerome and a devoted, The Baptism of Christ, The Nativity and The Resurrection). In 2008, a new sensational discovery: it was 'identified' the landscape of the Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, between Romagna, Marche, Tuscany and Umbria.
After these discoveries was born Montefeltro Renaissance Sights, a great historical, cultural and touristic project, which in recent years has been successfully presented in different institutional contexts, with conferences and exhibitions in Amsterdam, London, Sofia, Lyon, Manama, Helsinki , Krakow, Beirut, and then Paris and Istanbul in 2016.
On April 11th, these "painted landscapes" will be the subject of a conference organized by Isabelle Mallez, director of the French Culture Institute and Honorary Consul in Florence, with the presence of Neville Rowley, Piero della Francesca’s expert and professor at the “Ecole du Louvre” in Paris, and Paolo Fabbri, internationally renowned semiologist from Rimini.
The Province of Rimini and the Emilia Romagna Region are funding "The Piero's balconies" project. It is about scenic spaces, small panoramic viewpoints scattered along the two roads that Piero della Francesca used to walk to reach buyers in Urbino and Rimini: unspoiled landscapes that can be admired thanks to "cultural lookout points", with educational panels in which the works are reproduced .
The "Montefeltro: Mona Lisa’s land" project therefore is funded by GAL Montefeltro and the Region Emilia Romagna: it includes the installation of different viewpoints in the Montefeltro territory that is the background of the famous painting.
Montefeltro Renaissance Sights is part of the broader interregional project “Piero’s Lands”, structured by Apt Services, involving Emilia-Romagna, Marche, Tuscany and Umbria.
Since 2013 they organize tours and events with a special guest: Piero Della Francesca, played by an actor, arrives on horseback and tells about himself, the landscapes, his works. The average annual attendance ranges from 600 to 750 visitors, among Italians (50%), Dutch, French and Americans.