In Umbria the tour “Perugino for everyone”

In the year of celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the death of the Umbrian master, an initiative was launched that, for the first time, brings together three important cities of their territory. It is about Perugino for everyonea tourist and cultural project promoted and financed by the Umbria Region together with the supporting municipalities Foligno, Assisi And spelloThe until September 9th offers free and guided tours (with shuttle and e-bike upon reservation) and becomes a permanent route thanks to the online mapping of points of interest and the creation of GPX tracks that can be downloaded for free.

Perugino for everyone. A trail in 3 stages for 4 works by the master

Umbria has already dedicated a monographic exhibition to the painter, set up at the National Gallery of Umbria with masterpieces from various national and international museums and collections: a master, Perugino, notable for his intense attention to the naturalistic landscape that inspired the region. Hence the idea of ​​an itinerary in three stages to discover four works that are considered expressions of his entire career.

Perugino for everyone. The bus stop in Foligno

In Foligno, Perugino’s work is housed in the Oratorio della Nunziatella: It is The Baptism of Christ (1508-1513), a fresco forming part of the decoration commissioned by the Rector of the Annunziata Society Giovanni Battista Merganti for the Chapel of San Giovanni Battista. “Being the leading community of this initiative makes us proud and motivated, with the certainty that networking does not mean giving to others, but rather achieving mutual enrichment in the interests of the respective territories and the Umbria region as a whole“, explains the Mayor of Foligno, Stephen Zuccarini. “Finally, the work of the Baptism of Christ by Perugino, preserved in the Oratorio della Nunziatella – in which we have invested resources to be able to present it at its best – is again one of the flagships of the city of Foligno. A point of reference around which new artistic itineraries and original cultural initiatives are linked with the hope and commitment of making it a lasting project“.

Perugino for everyone. The stage of Assisi

In Assisi, Perugino’s work is in the Basilica of S. Maria degli Angeli: it is de The Crucifixion (1485-1486). The fragmentary painting is attached to the external rear wall of the Porziuncola church, which was part of the choir in 1485. The chancel was demolished in 1569 at the start of work on the new monumental basilica. “Assisi‘ said the mayor Stephanie ProiettiFor some time now, in a network with other cities, ways to upgrade local resources from a tourism point of view have been initiated. This project dedicated to Perugino enriches the offer by promoting and making more accessible and usable jewels of art, culture and history of Umbria, such as the precious works in the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli“.

Perugino for everyone. The stage of Spello

Finally, Spello keeps two of the master’s works in the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore. In the opera The Virgin and Child are enthroned between Saint Blaise and Saint Catherine of Alexandria (1521) The Virgin seated on a wooden throne holds the Child in her arms, flanked by San Biagio and Santa Caterina. Even the painting Pityalong with that with that Enthroned Virgin it is assigned to the year 1521, when Pietro Vannucci is now at the end of his artistic career. “As part of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of Perugino’s death‘ the mayor concludes Moreno LandriniThis itinerary is another opportunity for Spello to culturally appreciate the treasures of our city, including the latest works of the divine painter’s creative talent, preserved in the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Maggiore. With a view to an integrated promotion that also includes other assets of our cultural heritage, with a single ticket participants can visit the Villa dei Mosaici and the Municipal and Diocesan Art Gallery; Spello will also pay tribute to Perugino with a special release and pleasant musical moments“.

Claudia Giraud

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