Renaissance in Cortona
Cortona was in the Renaissance a small artistic centre and still the place where a great artist like the Dominican friar Fra’Angelico lived and worked. There were also some workshops of local masters like Luca Signorelli where many paintings were produced for the churches of Cortona and Valdichiana.
Fra’ Angelico had moved from Florence to Cortona where he painted the Annunciation (1433-34) for the Church of San Domenico, considered his earliest masterpiece for the harmony of the composition and the graceful colors with which he intended to express the spiritual qualities revealing the beauty of the Creation. Several years after he finished the triptich with the Madonna and the Child for the same church. These two paintings are now housed in the Museo Diocesano where one can admire other XV C masterpieces like the Virgin Mary Assumption by Bartolomeo della Gatta and the polyptic with the Madonna and Saints by the Sienese artist Sassetta. The master Luca Signorelli and his workshop are largely represented in the Museo Diocesano with the Lamentation over the Dead Jesus and the Communion of the Apostles. Other beautiful paintings by Luca Signorelli in Cortona are the processional banner with the Deposition in the Renaissance Church of San Niccolò and the Madonna with Saints and the donor in the Church San Domenico.
This is a special guided tours to enjoy the highlights of the Renaissance painting left in Cortona by famous XV and XVI C masters. The tour would be like an art lecture in front of art masterpieces like the Annunciation by Angelico and the Lamentation by Signorelli in Museo Diocesano , continuing then with the visit to San Domenico and San Niccolò.