National Gallery of Umbria
The Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria is hosted in the upper floors of Palazzo dei Priori, with the entrance in Corso Vannucci. Born from the original nucleus of works from the local Academy of Fine Arts of Perugia—second half of the 16th century—the collection grew significantly between the end of the 1700s and the first half of the 1800s, and later was further enriched as a consequence of the suppression of the religious orders by the Unitarian State.
The current Museum arrangement, inaugurated in December 2006, occupies a surface of 4,000sq meters distributed on two levels. The prestigious collection, chronologically ordered, includes a wide variety of works, which range from paintings on wooden panels, canvases and frescoes, to sculptures in wood and marble, to goldsmiths and fabrics, all highly representative of Italian artistic production between the 13th and 19th century.
Among the masterpieces of the medieval and Renaissance periods, the works of Arnolfo di Cambio, Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, Duccio di Boninsegna, Gentile Da Fabriano, Beato Angelico, Benozzo Gozzoli, Piero della Francesca and Francesco di Giorgio Martini stand out. Much space is given to Umbrian painters such as Benedetto Bonfigli, Bartolomeo Caporali and Fiorenzo di Lorenzo, and in particular to the renowned paintings of Perugino, Pintoricchio and their pupils and followers. Some sections are dedicated to the masterpieces of the Sienese goldsmiths and to the traditional “Perugian tablecloth”, to the production of ceramics and floor tiles of the 15th and 16th centuries and to the collection of drawings, among them a precious sanguine and ink Sketch by Federico Barocci. The display path continues with painting and sculptural evidence from the 1600s, 1700s and 1800s, among them the works of Pietro da Cortona, Orazio Gentileschi, Francesco Trevisani and Sebastiano Conca, and concludes with the thematic exhibitions dedicated to 19th century Perugian topography and the Carattoli Collection.