Luca Signorelli in Rome. Oblivion and rediscoveries.

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From 18 July to 3 November 2019, in the Capitoline Museums and precisely in the halls of Palazzo Caffarelli It will pay tribute to one of the major protagonists of the Italian Renaissance. The extraordinary event is linked to the fact that for the first time is celebrated the great pictorial mastery Luca Signorelli in Rome.

The exhibition curated by Federica Papi e Claudio Presicce anticipates the Quincentennial celebrations of the death of Raffaello that, with Michelangelo, Signorelli had found inspiration in the work of, and as confirmed by the words of Giorgio Vasari "I was' his time held in Italy so famous and his works in both value, As no one else at any time has been already ever ".

Luca Signorelli in Rome

The exhibition of Luca Signorelli

Selecting 60 works prestigious, from Italian and foreign collections, many of which are exhibited for the first time in Rome, addresses the issue of the direct relationship, sometimes, and indirect, other, that the master of Cortona had with the capital city of Christianity. An in-depth report by the prominence with which it is presented the historical context of the Roman stays Signorelli.

The exhibition consists of seven sections flows easily thanks to the many of Vasari quotes that effectively support the reconstruction of personal and artistic vicissitudes of the teacher. The introduction is entrusted to Busti made by Peter Tenerani (from the Museo di Roma) e Peter Pietrantoni (Protomoteca coming from the Capitoline Museums), and investigates the Vasari error of the true artist's face.

Then, with an impressive leap in time, It enters the Rome of Sixtus IV. The pope wished strongly that Signorelli became part of the group of artists to further increase the prestige of his court. And observing the Renaissance works inserted between the classical antiquity is evident dialogue and evocations that spring, as with the Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian (the Pinacoteca di Città di Castello), the Tondo of Monaco, the Arcevia Pala, or Christ on the Cross and Mary Magdalene (the Uffizi Gallery).

In the next section it is the turn of the virtual reconstruction of the Cappella Nova Orvieto, through architectural illuminations games leads the visitor into an unexpected and charming place.

Following the section that follows the theme of grace and mother love he is tackled by masterpieces including the Virgin and Child (straight from the Metropolitan Museum in New York).

It continues with a section dedicated to the stay of Signorelli in the Roman period of the pontificate of Leo X of absolute interest, like that, after all, dedicated to relations with Michelangelo and the Bramante.

The conclusion is devoted to the historical period between the nineteenth and twentieth century, when there was the rediscovery of Luca Signorelli both by art markers in the literature.


Roma, oblivion and rediscovered

The ratio of Signorelli Rome is particularly intense. Curious to think that one commission documented to be present in the Eternal City. The fresco Testament to the death of Moses of the 1482 for Sistine Chapel is a very high signature and lonely. In fact the great consideration recognized in Umbria, Marche and in his homeland, He did not have equal dignity in Rome, even with Leo X, at which he served family in Florence. Yet Roma enters art of Signorelli in a decisive manner. Thanks to his stay in Rome he could study the ancient sculptures and the origins of Christianity, arguments proved decisive for the development of his artistic language, admirably able to blend the classical civilization with the Christian, which it defines as one of the masters principles of his era.

Despite this, But, the artist will undergo a long period of oblivion, interrupted by a first rediscovery at the end of the eighteenth century to be followed by an exponential interest from the nineteenth with the current pre-Raphaelite. even in the 1816 It will be placed in his portrait bust Pantheon and in the mid-nineteenth century it will be included among those who have made it big home.

A recognition that goes along with the success in the antique market. This success, But, It will bring many art dealers to dismember the works to respond to numerous requests. Fortunately the early twentieth century, an action the Italian government stopped this practice.


An exhibition not to be missed for the works on display and to deepen one of the most influential figures of the Renaissance, e, If you happen to visit it at sunset, to take advantage of Terrazza Caffarelli soothed by Color lulling Rome.

Info,Timetable and prices

Luca Signorelli in Rome. Oblivion and rediscoveries.

From 18 July July to 3 November 2019, in the Capitoline Museums, Campidoglio square, 1

Schedule: Every day h 9.30-19.30 (The ticket office closes one hour earlier);

Tickets: Exhibition + Capitoline Museums for non-residents in Rome: entire integrated Card 16 € / Integrated ticket reduced 14 €, Residents: full 14 € / Reduced 12 €

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