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‘Montefeltro and the Islamic East. Urbino 1430-1550’

Among the most illustrious Lords of central Italy, Federico da Montefeltro surrounded himself with celebrities such as Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello and Giusto di Gand. But the rooms of the Palazzo Ducale that he built in Urbino–and which today host the National Gallery of the Marche–also shone with wonderful oriental tapestries and fine carpets from Egypt, Persia and Anatolia.

Exploring the long history of Islamic art in Urbino, a current exhibition within the ducal palace brings treasures–on loan from museums including the Louvre and the British Museum–collected by Federico and his successors, back to their original home. The show offers a unique chance to see a group of carpets that might have been seen by a visitor to the Urbino court in the sixteenth century.

Curated by Alessandro Bruschettini, the exhibition remains open until 30 September 2018.

Photos by Louise BroadhurstHead of Christie’s Oriental Rugs & Carpets Department.



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