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'The Young Raphael

12/17/2019 Gal Alta Umbria Città di Castello

in Città di Castello' | Municipal Art Gallery, Old Town - The EXHIBITION WILL BE INAUGURATED ON SEPTEMBER 18th, 2021.

In the Renaissance Raphael took his first artistic steps in Città di Castello, leaving four fundamental works such as the "Coronation of St. Nicholas of Tolentino", made for the church of Sant'Agostino, the "Gonfalone della Santissima Trinità", for the homonymous Brotherhood, the Crucifixion Gavari, for San Domenico and the "Marriage of the Virgin" for San Francesco. Apart from the banner still present in the Municipal Art Gallery, all the other works have emigrated. Around this autographed work a museum itinerary will be set up which will describe Raphael's activity in his first steps as an independent artist. The figure of young Raphael in Città di Castello will be highlighted, his training, the direct and fundamental comparison with Luca Signorelli and, in particular, with "The Martyrdom of San Sebastiano" - preserved in the municipal Picture Gallery - and the relationship with local clients. " Similarly to the major national and international cultural events, the exhibition "Young Raphael and his gaze", initially scheduled for the end of March 2021 in the Municipal Art Gallery of Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera, was moved to September with an opening date scheduled for the 18th . The decision, anticipated by the Mayor Luciano Bacchetta, "is dependent on the progress of the Covid 19 health emergency, which often makes a highly prestigious initiative incompatible  with the anti-contagion rules in force. We strongly hope that in September Covid will be overcoming and that the Raphael exhibition will have a lot of public due to the quality of the works it will bring to Città di Castello and the concept that supports it. A training story. The passage of Raphael from a talented pupil to an art Master. The quality of loans obtained, which include paintings by Raphael - from Naples and Brescia, his drawings from Oxford and London - by Perugino and Pinturicchio, suggested opening the exhibition at a time of the year when a more controlled and manageable situation of the pandemic will be effective, due to both the summer season and the future vaccination coverage. It will thus be possible to have a more free general circulation and a more certain recovery of the tourist flow able to appreciate and enhance not only the scientific and cultural contents present in the exhibition but to better exploit the potential of the territory. The exhibition period (September 2021 - January 2022) will allow the public to visit us in a period full of events, making the most of the autumn and Christmas holidays ".