“It is nice that even works that have always been used and show themselves in the intimacy of private collections enjoy a wider public, as will happen for a few months to the splendid Madonna and Child whose relevance with the collection of the National Gallery of Umbria is evidently witnessed by the so many sisters who welcome you from the walls of the museum ”.
With these words Marco Pierini, Director of the National Gallery of Umbria, welcomed inside the museum the precious painting attributed to Pinturicchio recovered from the Cultural Heritage Protection Unit after thirty years from the theft, perpetrated against a Perugian collector in 1990. At the end of a fruitful investigation with complex international branches, coordinated by the famous Carabinieri department that has been collaborating with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities for fifty years, the painting will be included in the public until its return to its legitimate owners until 6 January 2020 in room 24 of the museum route, next to the church of Santa Maria de 'Fossi and the banner from the Church of Sant'Agostino.
A new opportunity, therefore, to light a spotlight on Bernardino di Betto, Bartolomeo Caporali and Fiorenzo di Lorenzo, the three authors to whom the historical-critical story of this table is linked and, more generally, on the Perugian art scene of the years 80 of the fifteenth century, ready to make its own Verrocchio models - among which, in fact, the fortunate "Madonna of the sill" inspired by this precious tempera - imported into the city through Pietro Vannucci through his reduced formative experience Florentine. This temporary exhibition of the work provided, therefore, not only an occasion, almost a "school case", to enhance the museum's permanent exhibition path but its adventurous discovery and the attributable problems that interests are destined to stimulate curiosity and comparisons of sure interest both for the public and for scholars.