Diocesan Museum of the Montefeltro Antonio Bergamaschi
The Montefeltro Museum tells the story of the faith of the inhabitants of this area through works of art and objects of liturgical use from the 1400s to the present day: altarpieces and devotional paintings, reliquaries, manufactured liturgical objects and vestments including some invaluable silver items, processional statues, vases and ceramic plates.
The museum has recently acquired works from many countries in the Far East and Latin America which furnish proof of how Christianity has spread throughout the world, showing a dialogue with other religions and cultures. Among the various objects of great importance there is a sculpture of Buddha found in Pakistan belonging to the art of Gandhara, a Japanese nativity scene and a large ammonite from Madagascar.
The exhibition model adopted is that of accumulation: It presents the objects according to an assembly that recalls their placement in storage, in an attic. The objects bear the signs of time, of man's neglect and of oblivion. The thematic organization makes it possible to restore the dialogue between God and man in the various rooms: prayer, purification, paternity, succession, and light.
The Museum is closely linked to the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie (Our Lady of Grace) which flanks it and of which it preserves the Treasure including the so-called ''vestine'' (baby’s garnments) which covered the fresco of the miraculous Madonna.