From March 18 until October 30 2016: choose when to visit the secret rooms and get your tickets on Ticket One.


For the first time in Italy, until October 30 2016, over 120 artworks from the Cavallini-Sgarbi collection can be admired in Palazzo Campana, Osimo (AN).


Italy’s renowned art critic and art historian.


A major exhibition curated by Pietro Di Natale and promoted by the Marche Region, municipality of Osimo, Fondazione Don Carlo Grillantini and Istituto Campana. Scientific project and installation: Dott.ssa Liana Lippi and Prof. Stefano Papetti.


The exhibition includes paintings, drawings and sculptures from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century by Lorenzo Lotto, Francesco Podesti, Nicola Pisano, Bastianino, Guercino, Guido Cagnacci, Simone Cantarini, Artemisia Gentileschi and Jusepe de Ribera, among others.


Art for Cancer Research: for each ticket sold, 0,50 cents will be donated to Airc Association.


The city of Osimo, with its splendid historical centre, winding underground passageways and suggestive surroundings, will be a surprising visit for exhibition-goers.


«This is just a selection of the 4,000 works of art in my possession, but my collection is so rich
because my mother, Rita Cavallini, who used to bid for me at auctions, was such an inquisitive lady
Vittorio Sgarbi

From Monday to Friday 10.00 - 13.0016.00- 20.00
Holidays and days before holidays 10.00 – 20.00
August: open daily from 10.00 to 22.00
Last admission: 30 minutes before closing time

Full price € 7,00
Reduced € 5,00 for over 65s, under25s, residents of Osimo, holders of special agreements, groups of up to 15
Family discount € 20,00 (two adults accompanying 1,2 or 3 children aged 12 to 18)
Free admission: children under 12, accompanied visitors with disabilities, journalists, one chaperone per group, two chaperones per school group. Online booking and purchase:

Joint visit to the underground city: € 2,50


Lotto, Artemisia, Guercino, a selection of over 100 artworks from the Cavallini-Sgarbi collection,
ammassed by the internationally famed art historian over a period of 30 years, is brought to you by:

Vittorio Sgarbi

««Collecting art is like a hunting trip, a form of play, even a gamble … a challenge, a courtship, a conquest.»

Born in Ferrara on May 8 1952. Received his degree in Philosophy specialising in History of Art at the University of Bologna. A member – art historian, director and coordinator – of the Soprintendenza for Art and History, Venice. Essayist and television host. Contributor to the Italian specialist magazines “Bell’Italia”, “Il Giornale”, “L’Espresso”, “Panorama”, “Restauro & Conservazione”, “Oggi”, “Arte e Documento”. A scholar of the Accademia Georgica, Treia and the Rubiconia Accademia dei Filopatridi. Knight Commander of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus. President of the National Committee for Celebrations of Mattia Preti. Former member of the Commission on cultural activities, Cremona. Former member of the Commission on cultural activities, Lecce. Former Commissioner for arts and restoration, Padova, and curator of the exhibitions on Giotto and Donatello. Director of the Festival of Theatre, Asti, in 2000. Currently President of the National Committee for celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Francesco Mazzola, also known as Parmigianino. President of the National Committee for the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the death of Andrea Mantegna. In January 2003 he was nominated President of the Academy of Fine Art, Urbino, by presidential decree.


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Press reviews

I started buying art when I stopped with books. I was earning millions from television – I spent every penny of it. If I had earned as much as Bonolis (a popular Italian tv presenter), I would have bought the Louvre. For an art historian – he adds – collecting is very similar to an enjoyable form of competition, in which you show that you are able to recognise an art work or artist before everyone else. A true collector will never have a Raffaello at home, but might just kill to get hold of a Bastianino.


Critic and art historian
It is a confidential Vittorio Sgarbi who from Casa Carraro presents the exhibition which will be held in Osimo in March, where for the first time in Italy over one thousand works of art from his private collectino will be shown. [...] however rapturous and restrained, a collection is an autobiography which in many ways is able to speak to us of things its owner has chosen to keep silent.


Andrea Dusio
From March 18 to October 30, this exclusive exhibition promoted by Marche Region, Municipality of Osimo, Fondazione Don Carlo and Istituto Campana, will show works by Gentileschi as well as Cola dell’Amatrice, Lorenzo Lotto, Battista Franco, Andrea Lilio, il Sassoferrato, Pier Leone Ghezzi, Sebastiano Ceccarini, Giovan Battista Nini and Francesco Podesti, with special attention given to artists from the Marche region.


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