The National Gallery of Umbria
The Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria (GNU) is home to one of the main art collections in Italy and is housed on the upper floors of the Palazzo dei Priori in Perugia , the seat of the Municipality since medieval times and a significant example of Gothic civil architecture. .
On 4 June 1863 the museum was separated from the academy to become a civic art gallery, named after one of the greatest artistic glories of the city, Pietro Vannucci known as il Perugino.
Ten years later the entire collection was moved to Palazzo dei Priori.
In 1918 it passed to the state and took the name of Regia Galleria Vannucci , which later became the National Gallery of Umbria . Over the years, the entire complex of Palazzo dei Priori has been repeatedly affected by renovation and functional adaptation works.
The museum itinerary of the National Gallery of Umbria , inaugurated in its current form in 2006, occupies an area of 4000 square meters on two floors . The collection, arranged chronologically, is rich in important works of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance due to artists such as A rnolfo di Cambio, Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, Duccio, Gentile da Fabriano, Beato Angelico, Benozzo Gozzoli, Giovanni Boccati and Piero della Francesca , of which preserves the large altarpiece of S. Antonio with the famous Annunciation on the cymatium.
Particular attention is dedicated to the Umbrian artists Benedetto Bonfigli, Bartolomeo Caporali, Fiorenzo di Lorenzo, Perugino, Pintoricchio and their pupils and followers.
The National Gallery of Umbria reserves some thematic sections for goldsmithing, ivory and wood carvings, traditional "Perugian tablecloths" and the topography of the city of Perugia.
The itinerary is completed with valuable pictorial testimonies ranging from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century, due to Orazio Gentileschi, Valentin de Boulogne, Pietro da Cortona, Sassoferrato, Francesco Trevisani, Sebastiano Conca, Pierre Subleyras, Corrado Giaquinto, Jean-Baptiste Wicar.
The spaces of the museum also include an equipped conference room, an educational room and the vast Podiani Hall, used for temporary exhibitions, concerts and shows.