In churches and museums in the hills and pre-Alps on the trail of masterpieces of art
In the surroundings of Palazzo Sarcinelli, there are numerous large and small towns in whose churches and museums you can admire other masterpieces by Bellini and also and above all by the “Belliniani”, often among other extraordinary artistic testimonies, which make the itineraries between the hills and the Pre-Alps particularly exciting.
A few steps from Palazzo Sarcinelli, the Conegliano Cathedral houses the only work by Cima preserved in his hometown, the “Madonna Enthroned with Child between Angels and Saints”, an altarpiece from 1492. To admire Francesco da Milano , you can visit the magnificent Scuola dei Battuti adjacent to the Duomo or the picture gallery of the Museo Civico del Castello. Leaving the city in the direction of Vittorio Veneto, a short detour leads to San Fior, where you can appreciate the large Cima Polyptych kept in the church of San Giovanni Battista and, about ten kilometers further east, you can also reach Caneva di Sacile, where Francesco da Milano left a Triptych and an “Incredulità di Tommaso”.
Resuming the road to Vittorio Veneto, you can stop – at the gates of the city – in the village of Meschio, which in the church of Santa Maria Annunziata houses the “Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary”, a wooden altarpiece painted by Andrea Previtali, a pupil of Giovanni Bellini , then enter Vittorio Veneto and visit the Diocesan Museum, with its paintings by Cima and Domenico Capriolo; the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, with the tempera by Jacopo da Valenza, whose works can also be found in the church of San Giovanni Battista in Serravalle; in addition, in the church of S. Andrea di Bigonzo there is an early sixteenth-century fresco attributed to Pietro da Vicenza or Francesco da Milano. Francesco da Milano is again the author of the altarpiece of the church of San Giorgio in Lago di Revine while in Cison di Valmarino, in the church of Santa Maria Assunta, you can discover the altarpiece by Antonio Solario, known as the Zingaro, made in recent years of the XVsec ..
At this point you can go as far as Feltre, where the Civic Museum houses paintings by Cima da Conegliano, Vittore Belliniano and Gentile Bellini, brother of Giovanni, and get to Porcen, just outside Feltre, to visit the church of S. Maria Magdalene with the altarpiece painted in 1504 by Jacopo da Valenza.
Going back south you can reach Asolo, which houses the Assumption of Lorenzo Lotto in its Cathedral and what remains of the polyptych of San Girolamo, attributed to Lazzaro Bastiani. Then you can reach Treviso, where Renaissance pictorial evidence abounds both in the Duomo (with paintings by Titian, Girolamo da Treviso and Domenico Capriolo) or in the adjacent Diocesan Museum (Palma il Vecchio and Girolamo Santacroce), and in the church of San Leonardo ( Vincenzo dai Destri) and in the temple of San Nicolò (Andrea da Murano), up to the Museum of Santa Caterina, to end the tour where it began: from the unmistakable shades of Giovanni Bellini, admiring the incredible blue of the mantle of his Madonna with blessing child.
Article by Marina Grasso for www.tribunatreviso.it dated 24 02 2017