It's still the year of Perugino!
After the great exhibition "The best master of Italy". Perugino in his time who gave him back the role of artistic pre-eminence that his audience and his era had assigned to him, the National Gallery of Umbria hosts another exhibition event dedicated to the Umbrian master.
From 28 October 2023 to 14 January 2024, the new GNU exhibition box hosts a precious dossier exhibition, Sguardi su Perugino, curated by Carla Scagliosi and Benedetta Spadaccini, which follows the ups and downs of his fortune in the modern and contemporary age.
The itinerary is made up of 25 works, including engravings, drawings and a painting, coming not only from the GNU, but also from prestigious public and private institutions, such as the Central Institute for Graphics in Rome, the Marciana Library in Venice, the Civica Raccolta delle Prints Achille Bertarelli – Castello Sforzesco in Milan, the Brazilian Embassy in Rome, by authors such as Tommaso Minardi (1787-1871), an artist fascinated by Venetian and Flemish colorism and by fifteenth-century drawing, who became the promoter of the purist manifesto, Giovan Battista Cavalcaselle (1819-1897), founder of modern art history studies in Italy, the Perugian Silvestro Massari (1794 – 1851), student of Minardi and professor of sculpture at the Academy of Perugia, who dedicated himself to the engraving reproduction of city monuments .
Three sections document the fortune and the handing down of the artist's portrait, the diffusion of his masterpieces and the best-known iconographies through the medium of translation printing, the attribution errors of works which, due to the adherence to the figurative language of the "best master of Italy”, were considered to be by his hand.
These works are accompanied by a virtual section which consists of two films: the first offers the possibility of leafing through the entire album of drawings by Tommaso Minardi displayed in the shop window; the other offers a selection of works inspired by Perugino, from the nineteenth century to the present day, from the Pre-Raphaelites such as William Dyce to the French authors of the nineteenth century such as Ingres or Delacroix, from the photographs of Julia Margaret Cameron to the abstract works of Ian Davenport, for reach those artists who have been protagonists in recent years of the initiatives organized by the National Gallery of Umbria, from Brian Eno to Roberto Paci Dalò and others.