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Churches of Deruta

[image ALT: A rectangular majolica plaque depicting five kneeling women and at their head a man, also kneeling, all with rosaries, praying to a round image of the Virgin Mother and Child suspended on a tree, with a ribbon beneath it dated 1699. It is a votive plaque in the chapel of the Madonna dei Bagni near Deruta, Umbria (central Italy).]

For many, the most interesting church in Deruta is not to be found in the town itself, but a little ways S: the walls of the chapel of the Madonna dei Bagni are covered with well over a hundred often beauti­ful votive plaques of the local majolica, many of them telling or at least hinting at a story, and some dating back to the 17c, like this one. PGR stands for Per Grazie RicevuteFor Graces Received.

[image ALT: missingALT. It is a view of the church of S. Francesco near Deruta, Umbria (central Italy).]
S. Francesco

[image ALT: missingALT. It is a view of the church of Madonna delle Piagge near Deruta, Umbria (central Italy).]
Madonna delle Piagge

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Outlying Churches

[image ALT: missingALT. It is the church of the SS. Crocifisso in Pontenuovo di Deruta, Umbria (central Italy).]

You should not get the idea that the four churches so summarily represented here constitute anything like all the old churches in the town and its surrounding territory: there are over a dozen of them. I don't know the area as well as I could, and I haven't seen most of them: for one thing, each of the frazioni has its own church; among which I especially regret not having seen the Madonna del Ranuccio in Fanciullata, notable for its particularly beauti­ful fresco by Bartolomeo Caporali (1459) — I may have missed it, but you should not.

I do expect to expand this site at some point; stay tuned.

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Site updated: 6 Jul 23