Raphael in Umbria and his heritage
Perugia does celebrate Raphael with the exhibition “Raphael in Umbria and his heritage in Academy” which will be inaugurated on September 18th.
Between real and virtual: that’s how the extraordinary Italian artist will dwell the rooms of Palazzo Baldeschi al Corso, into the old town of the Umbrian capital town until January 6th 2021. Among the events recognized by the National Committee this exhibition fits into the wider program of the celebrations “Raphael in Umbria” to pay tribute to Raphael Sanzio 500 years after his death.
This expositive path organized by the Foundation CariPerugia Arte together with the Academy of Fine Arts “Pietro Vannucci” is developing in two parts. One of them it is dedicated to the Umbrian period of Raphael, thanks to an important multimedia section with exceptional and immersive video projections, and thanks to the exhibition of several pieces by Raphael’s masters like: Perugino, Pinturicchio and Signorelli. The other one, mainly expositive, it is dedicated to the heritage left by the artist above all in academia.
In the Umbrian capital town Raphael spent more or less six years of his life, from 1500 to 1505 approximately.
Perugia and Città di Castella do represent the Umbrian places where he took his first steps and where he did a significant part of his artistic training that started when his father Giovanni Santi did ask to Pietro Vannucci to take his son in his workshop to improve his own skills in the art of painting. As is known, the only two pieces kept in Umbria are the Gonfalone della Trinità (Trinity Banner), in the municipal Art Gallery of Città di Castello and the San Severo fresco at the same-named chapel incorporated at the Camaldolese church, today owned by the Municipality of Perugia.
With the multimedia section of the exhibition, edited by Francesco Federico Mancini, under the direction of the Foundation CariPerugia Arte and the contribution of the Archival Superintendence of Umbria and Marche and the State Archive of Perugia, at Palazzo Baldeschi will come to life an immersive experience where visitors can admire in sequence all Umbrian Master’s pieces – today we can count twelve of them – allowing visitors to explore some details too, together with the information read by a voice – over. In another room of the palace, always thanks to the magic of multimedia effects, starting with famous portraits, several actors in fancy dress will stage the painter from Urbino through two dialogues which also involve the Perugino, his master.
Flagship of this section are three prestigious artworks of the Umbrian Renaissance belonging to the collection of the Foundation Savings Bank of Perugia and realized by three masters whose Raphael took inspiration and with whom he interacted when he arrived in Umbria: Perugino, Pinturicchio and Signorelli.
Others exciting animations will complete the expositive path of the main floor.
The other section of this exhibition, by the subtitle “The Academy of Perugia and Raphael: from Minardi and Wicar to the Twentieth Century” it is realized by the Academy of Fine Arts “Pietro Vannucci” of Perugia and edited by Alessandra Migliorati, Stefania Petrillo and Saverio Ricci, under the coordination of Giovanni Manuali, keeper of academy’s Properties. It is divided into four thematic and chronological parts which want to show and to illustrate how, throughout the 19th century, Perugia, thanks to Tommaso Minardi, was an epicenter together with Rome of the purist trend and of the return to the faith-based art.
This Academy, indeed, was a hotbed of talented painters who rework the lesson of the old masters, Perugino and Raphael before all, by actualizing models and styles, interpreting that neo-renaissance taste, very popular among the collector’s items and the international market at that time.
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