Barocci is not well known, the underground rooms can be claustrophobic but, with fewer people, it was a pleasure to look at the pictures without feeling you are pushing and shoving!
The painter, from Urbino, a pupil of Raphael's, painted quiet and beautiful pictures - not an ugly face to be seen.
The Entombment [1597-82], the dead Christ being carried in a sheet is a picture of great sadness and sweetness.
The Madonna of the Cat  shows St. John the Baptist and the baby Jesus as cherubic, adorable and in no way sentimental. A painter of great sensitivity - his self-portrait is haunting. He paints fabric gloriously while avoiding all dandyism in dress or attitude
A powerful and touching painting of Aeneas fleeing Troy  carrying his father.
Do go! Until May 19, 2013