As an “entrée” to the big exhibition about the most famous painter from Urbino, Raffaello Sanzio (that is being planned for 2009), the Uffizi in Florence lent the painting “Ritratto di giovane col pomo” to Urbino. You’ll be able to see the painting in Urbino until July 22nd.

Ritratto di giovane col pomo

This painting – as well as many others, the most famous being probably the Diptych portrait of Federico da Montefeltro and his wife Battista Sforza, by Piero della Frencesca – was taken from Urbino to Florence by Vittoria Della Rovere (last exponent of the Della Rovere family) before the Duchy of Urbino passed from this family to the Church in 1631.