Sala del Caminetto
The first hall (sala in Italian) of the picture gallery is the Sala del Caminetto and it contains the oldest works, namely the tempera and oil paintings
from the 14th and 15th century. This hall also contains altarpieces such as the polyptych by Michele Giambono and by Maestro di Roncaiette, and the
Madonna with Child Enthroned between Saints Helen, Zacharias, Sebastian and Roch by Giovanni Santi, Raphael’s father.
There is also a glass case containing Pandolfo III Malatesti’s doublet, usually worn under armour. It was found in 1995, when Pandolfo’s body was exhumed from his grave in the former church of St. Francis.
The second hall of the picture gallery was, in former times, used by the town council for its meetings and by the town magistrate for his hearings. It contains paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries, mostly from churches which have either been deconsecrated or closed to the public. The highlights of this hall are: the altarpiece depicting The Resurrection of Lazarus and St. Michael archangel, by Bartolomeo and Pompeo Morganti, two painters from Fano; a number of paintings from local churches and by artists of the School of Bologna, such as the Annunciation by Guido Reni, David with the Head of Goliath traditionally attributed to Domenichino, the Guardian Angel by Guercino, works by Giovanni Francesco Guerrieri, an artist from the near-by city of Fossombrone, and those by Simone Cantarini, from Pesaro.
Sala del Lavabo
This is a double hall, which led to the former chapel of the court and which contains a Renaissance lavabo (a church washbasin, in Italian) from the Abbey of St. Paterniano in Fano. Here one can admire works by Claudio Ridolfi, Pietro Liberi and Alessandro Tiarini, an artist from Bologna.
The last hall, on the way back to the Malatesta Court, is the Sala Morganti. This hall mainly contains paintings from the 18th century by local artists,
such as Francesco Mancini, from the near-by town of Sant’Angelo in Vado, and by his disciple, Sebastiano Ceccarini. The hall also contains a few
portraits, mostly by Carlo Magini, a painter from Fano, as well as a few still lives and landscapes.
The inner staircase leads to the last part of the collection, dedicated to the 19th and 20th centuries and containing works by – among others – Clemente Alberi, Domenico and Girolamo Induno, Michele Gordigiani, Giovanni Pierpaoli, Ettore Tito, Paolo Tarcisio Generali, Aldo Calò and Enrico Baj.