Religious art from the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria is now on display at the Hermitage

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A unique collection of Italian religious art from the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria is now on display at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

This exhibition can tell a lot of things: it tells how an icon is transformed into a painting, with all the positive and negative aspects of this transformation.

– Mikhail Piotrovsky

NEW YORK, NY, USA, July 9, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Russian Icon Collection online gallery is pleased to share the news that a unique collection of Italian religious art from Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria is now on display at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The exhibition, which is entitled “Arts of the Middle Ages. Masterpieces from the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria ”, became possible thanks to a long-standing collaboration between these two leading artistic institutions and marked the first step of an international project aimed at promoting the culture of the ‘Umbria. The exhibition will be on display at the Hermitage until August 15, 2021.

“Arts of the Middle Ages. Masterpieces from the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria ‘presents a collection of nearly 40 works of art from the Proto-Renaissance period, which were imported from Italy to Russia. It is for the first time that such an important collection leaves the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria and travels so far from its hometown of Perugia. Works of applied art, sculptures and paintings by renowned and unknown masters of the time are now on display in St. Petersburg, allowing the Russian people to enjoy the best of Italian religious art created between the 13th and early 1900s. 15th century.

Among the highlights presented at the “Middle Ages Arts. The masterpieces of the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria exhibition are a double-sided cross with a representation of the Crucifixion, fragments of a choir screen from the Church of St. Francis of Perugia and a magnificent selection of paintings of the “Virgin and Child”. The latter includes “Virgin and Child” or “Magnificat” by Gentile da Fabriano, “Virgin and Child” by Duccio di Buoninsegna, “Virgin and Child with Saints” (polyptych) by Luca di Tommè, ” Madonna and Child ”(1320-1340) by Meo di Guido da Siena, and“ Madonna and Child ”by a Peruvian master unknown to Madonna, among others.

Mikhail Piotrovsky, director general of the State Hermitage Museum, said in his speech: “This exhibition can tell a lot: it tells how an icon is transformed into a painting, with all the positive and negative aspects of this transformation. . This exhibition is indeed unique. Showcasing masterpieces of art from the Proto-Renaissance period, it not only gives an idea of ​​the birth of the Renaissance, but also helps to understand the mentality of the Middle Ages.

“Arts of the Middle Ages. The masterpieces of the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria ”are exhibited in the Nicolas room of the Winter Palace. The exhibition will run until August 2021. It is also planned that the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria will present works of medieval and Renaissance Italian art from the collection of the Hermitage Museum of Perugia in the fall of 2022 .

Ilya Kushnirskiy
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