Raphael. The Predella of the Pala Oddi
Annunciation from the Predella of the Pala Oddi. Courtesy Museo Diocesano.


04 Nov 2022 - 29 Jan 2023



Raphael. The Predella of the Pala Oddi

The Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini presents the Predella of the Pala Oddi from the collections of the Vatican Museums, an early masterpiece by Raphael, one of the greatest exponents of the Italian Renaissance.

The work is divided into three compartments depicting the Annunciation, the Adoration of the Magi and the Presentation in the Temple. On the occasion of the exhibition, curated by Barbara Jatta, director of the Vatican Museums, and Nadia Righi, director of the Diocesan Museum in Milan, the predella underwent restoration, conducted in the Vatican Museums’ Painting Restoration Laboratory and executed by master Paolo Violini. The precious colors used by Raphael have thus recovered their original brilliance.

The Oddi Altarpiece, one of three important commissions the Urbino painter received in Perugia in the early 16th century, was made for the Oddi family altar in the church of San Francesco al Prato. The painting remained in its original location until 1797: in that year it was requisitioned by the French and taken to Paris, where it remained until 1815, when it returned to Italy and at the behest of Pope Pius VII became part of the new Vatican Pinacoteca.