From 23 June 2023 to 8 October Cortona, a beautiful Tuscan city in the province of Arezzo, remembers Luca Signorelli, the fascinating Renaissance painter who was born in the Tuscan village in about 1450 and where he died in 1523. Signorelli 500, Maestro Luca da Cortona, painter of light and poetry is the title of the highly anticipated exhibition set up in the spaces of the MAEC - Museum of the Etruscan Academy and the City of Cortona with a selected corpus of works from Italian and foreign collections.
From the Uffizi Galleries in Florence to the Capodimonte National Museum in Naples, from the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the paintings have been selected according to the highest level of quality and appear representative of each decade of Signorelli's activities.
An initiative entrusted to the care of Tom Henry, one of the most authoritative scholars of the artist and professor emeritus of the University of Kent. The exhibition traces the artist's career, making evident the scope and originality of his inventions so admired by Vasari, the narrative power of his works and the ability he had to go beyond his contemporaries, becoming “a beacon for the greats of the Renaissance”.
The event is part of the “Itineraries of Signorelli” in the city, in particular at the Diocesan Museum and in the church of San Niccolò, and in the rough Umbrian locations custodians of important testimonies of the Master.
Signorelli 500 also includes a dense program of activities planned since March 2023 – conferences, concerts, lectio etc. – linked to the artist and the historical and cultural context in which he lived and worked, in an Italy animated by the ferment of the passage between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.