On the Republican Renaissance Spirit

Far from being a pedantic history lesson, this digression on the three Florentine republics that succeeded one another from 1494 (the year of the expulsion of the Medici who, fearful, conniving and rumoured in cahoots with the French of Charles VIII, were overthrown by spontaneous citizen uprisings) intends to bring to light that voluntary, popular and democratic spirit that took place after decades of Medici domination, ignited by the vehement preaching of Friar Girolamo Savonarola.

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Renaissance in the Workshop. Perugino Among the Greats of History, a Major Exhibition at the Civic Museum of Palazzo della Penna in Perugia

The exhibition at Palazzo della Penna chooses to offer visitors an unprecedented reading of Perugia’s story, focusing on the theme of the “artist’s workshop”, which began to take shape in the Middle Ages, in particular with the affirmation of Giotto’s art, and then consolidated, in its most typical characteristics, during the Renaissance period also thanks to Perugino, whose entrepreneurial skills are known no less than their artistic skills.

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Upper Tiber Valley, ‘La Valle del Signorelli’

Over 20 museums and 11 works on display in the year of the five hundredth anniversary of the great Renaissance master: with a reduced ticket you can visit, until December 2023, “La Valle di Signorelli”, an unprecedented project between Renaissance and contemporary art thanks to the presence in the circuit of the Burri Museums in Città di Castello.

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An unpublished Sanzio

Among the novelties, the scientific color reconstruction of the first documented work of Raphael, the Coronation of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, edited by Francesco Paolo Di Teodoro and Filippo Camerota, visible in the exhibition through a digital installation produced by the Museo Galileo in Florence, and the scientific account of the important restoration work, by the Central Restoration Institute (ICR), the banner of the Brotherhood of SS. Trinità, the only mobile work of the artist left in Umbria, now located at the Municipal Art Gallery of Città di Castello in the same room of the “Martirio di San Sebastiano’, by Luca Signorelli, one of the most studied artists by Raffaello in his youth. The restoration has allowed to fill some of the gaps present in the work and left ‘exposed’ in the previous intervention of 2006, always edited by the ICR.

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