The city of Gubbio has preserved its splendid medieval aspect virtually intact, its stone churches and palaces standing out against the green backdrop of the Appennines. This is still the city of Dante and Oderisi da Gubbio, the illuminator whom Dante met in the circle of the proud in Purgatory and to whom he dedicated important verses that mark the start of the modern era, an age that made its first appearance on the stage of history in Dante's poetry and in Giotto's painting.
The exhibition sets out to conjure up the image of a city of medium size yet which wielded considerable political and cultural power in Italy at the turn of the 13th century, displaying the figurative heritage that harks back to both its civic and its religious past. For the occasion the city has restored paintings hidden beneath the dust of the centuries, brought home to Gubbio works that the vicissitudes of history had dispersed, gathered together pictures by Gubbio artists painted for other Umbrian cities and borrowed major works from international lenders.
Panel paintings, sculptures, examples of the goldsmith's art and illuminated manuscripts, some with new attributions, illustrate the lives and careers of such masters as Guido di Oderisi, also known as the Master of the Franciscan Crucifixes, the Master of the Gubbio Cross, the Expressionist Master of St. Clare or Palmerino di Guido, “Guiduccio Palmerucci”, Mello da Gubbio and the Figline Master. Scholars today have identified Oderisi's father Guido di Pietro da Gubbio as one of the masters of the so-called "Greek Manner" which included Giunta Pisano and Cimabue. Palmerino worked with Giotto on the walls of two of the chapels in San Francesco in Assisi in 1309 before returning to Gubbio to fresco the church of the Franciscan Friars Minor and other buildings in the city.
A number of fascinating polyptychs have been attributed to “Guiduccio Palmerucci”, a conventional name, while Mello da Gubbio signed his name beneath a Madonna with a face as plump and as joyful as any of Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Madonnas in Siena. The Figline Master, who produced stained-glass windows in San Francesco in Assisi and the huge Crucifix in Santa Croce in Florence, is likely to have painted a superb polyptych for the church of San Francesco in Gubbio, which is on display in the exhibition because its current owners have generously agreed to lend it for the very first time.
Archive documents and the aspect of the Madonnas and Crucifixes hanging in museums suggest that Gubbio was the home town of the artists who worked with Giunta Pisano, then with Giotto and finally with Pietro Lorenzetti to clad in colourful images the masterpiece that pave the way for modern art in the church erected over the tomb of the saint in Assisi. On returning home, these artists now expert in the new style that Giotto and of Pietro Lorenzetti had devised for an audience of popes and cardinals, turned their sophisticated hands to popular, illustrative art in order to share the message with their own audience of blacksmiths and stonecutters. This was the age in which the language of the lauda echoed in the streets of Gubbio alongside the language of the Divine Comedy.
The exhibition is held in three different venues because many works cannot be moved, but also because they are places steeped in history and beauty in their own right: the Palazzo dei Consoli set on its fabulous terrace that gives it the aspect of one of those cities saints bear up to heaven in the polyptychs of the era; the Museo Diocesano adjacent to the Cathedral; and the Palazzo Ducale which began life as the seat of the communal authorities and ended up as the residence of Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino. Visitors to the exhibition will thus be following in the footsteps of the men and women of that bygone era to admire an art at once civic and religious through their eyes and to gain an understanding and appreciation of it through their refined taste.
A single ticket allows the holder to visit not only the three sections of the exhibitions but the three venues in their entirety – the Palazzo dei Consoli, the Museo Diocesano and the Palazzo Ducale – thus creating a unique circuit of the city taking in both the works of art still in situ and those that have been dispersed, reconstructing the historical vicissitudes and the art heritage of Gubbio in the communal era.
The exhibition is curated by Giordana Benazzi, Elvio Lunghi and Enrica Neri Lusanna, and promoted by the Comune di Gubbio, the Polo Museale dell’Umbria, the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio dell’Umbria, the Church of Gubbio and the Regione Umbria.
Guided tours of the exhibition in the Palazzo dei Consoli, Museo Diocesano and Palazzo Ducale
Daily by appointment only, tel +39.0759274298
€ 80.00 (max 25 people)
Tours for the blind involving a tactile visit based on a number of scale models of the type of works on display and guided tours for the deaf with qualified ISL guides are available by appointment only.
Guided tours of Palazzo dei Consoli and Exhibition Section
Every morning at 11.30 am; reservations are not required
€ 50.00 (max 25 people)
Guided tours of Museo Diocesano, Palazzo Ducale and Exhibition Sections
Every morning at 11.30 am; reservations are not required
€ 50.00 (max 25 people)
Workshops in Palazzo dei Consoli
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Monday: In the workshop of Oderisi the great illuminator. Discover the illuminator and his art by making an illuminated capital using the same techniques as medieval painters.
Tuesday: The small stained-glass window. Try your hand at painting on glass, the typical technique used to produce stained-glass windows in medieval churches, by making small coloured decorations based on items showcased in the exhibition.
Thursday: Warp and weft: a weaving workshop. Experiment with the technique of weaving, one of the most widespread crafts of the Middle Ages, by making your own small piece of artistic cloth.
Friday: Leather and metal: jewels from the Middle Ages. Learn how to emboss copper sheeting to make pendants and other costume jewellery in the medieval tradition, using the techniques and decorations adopted by the medieval craftsmen to produce some of the items on display in the exhibition.
€ 5.00 per person
Reservations are required: +39.075.9274298
Workshops will be held if a minimum of 5 reservations are reached
Designed for adults and children
First Saturday and Sunday of every month from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm
"Scriptorium": a workshop of calligraphy and illumination, initials with pigments and gold leaf
Children € 6.00; adults € 8.00
Reservations are required. Call or text Antonella Ratto on +39.333.2856916
Workshops will be held if a minimum of 4 reservations are reached
Designed for children over 12 and for adults
Workshops in the Palazzo Ducale
Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon and from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
In the shadow of princesses, princes and castles.
A creative workshop based on drawing with shadows! Participants use everyday objects to project shadows onto a sheet of paper and then use the shadows to create a drawing inspired by the legends of the Middle Ages. The fascinating thing about this technique is its temporary nature. All you have to do is move the item ever so slightly or change the lighting and your drawing can suddenly change direction. The works are photographed throughout the various stages in the creative process.
Identity card – Saints and legends. Together we discover the often truly fantastic stories of the saints, queens and knights in the paintings of Ambrogio Lorenzetti and learn how to identify the subjects depicted. Honing their spirit of observation and their eye for detail, participants have fun putting together an identity card (lifestyle, clothing, accessories and so on) of the figures populating the exhibition. Then, to help them remember the characters in the works, they collect their identity cards in an album that they can all consult at any time.
Fashion in the age of Giotto. The exhibition provides ideas for creative young designers, who travel back to the time of Giotto amid figures and costumes of the Middle Ages. The fabrics, embroidery, footwear and decorations of the period serve as inspiration for participants tasked with inventing medieval headgear using the materials placed at their disposal.
€ 5.00 per person
Reservations are required +39.075.9220904.
Workshops will be held if a minimum number of 5 reservations is reached
Designed for children aged 5 to 10
Gubbio in the Age of Giotto. Art treasures in the land of Oderisi
Gubbio, Palazzo dei Consoli, Museo Diocesano, Palazzo Ducale
7th July – 4th November 2018
Monday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm
(ticket offices close at 6.00 pm)
Open 15th August and 1st November 2018
Full price € 12,00 €
Concessions € 10.00 for groups of at least 15 people, residents and anyone with a right to specific concessions, holders of the ticket exhibition: "Extinction. Prima e dopo la scomparsa dei dinosauri", “Un giorno nel Medioevo. La vita quotidiana nelle città italiane dei secoli XI – XV”, “GUBBIO BRIK ART”
Special concessions € 6.00 schools and visitors aged 7 to 25
Family ticket € 10.00 per adult + € 5.00 per child aged 6 to 14
(for families comprising 1 or 2 adults + children aged 6 to 14)
Admission free for children under 6 years of age, accompanying teachers, disabled+ caregiver, accredited journalists, licensed tour guides
Open ticket € 13.00 admits holder once on any day and at any time, from 7th July to 4th November 2018
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Tourist information office: SERVIZIO TURISTICO ASSOCIATO – Via della Repubblica, 15 – 06024 Gubbio – Phone +39 075 9220693 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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