The National Gallery of Umbria
The National Gallery of Umbria is located in Perugia. It proposes a journey through the Holy Art and the Renaissance, a real immersion into art works from XIII to XIX century. The Gallery preserves also the richest and most complete collection of Umbria, with many masterpieces of Umbrian artists and many important works from all Central Italy.
Here you will admire art works by Pinturicchio, Piero della Francesca and Perugino, thanks to a special itinerary for discovering them.
The current itinerary, inaugurated in 2006, has a chronological order with different kind of works: paintings, frescoes, wood and stone statues, jewellery, clothes.
Visiting the National Gallery of Umbria
Art and much more in the Gallery
The wonder of a visit to the Gallery starts before the entrance, because the museum is located inside the Priori Palace, in Corso Vannucci. We are in the historical center of Perugia. Walking through the main street, you will see the majestic building that forms one side of IV Novembre Square, the heart of the city.
The large windows of some halls of the Gallery overlook the underlying street or square. The natural light enters by them and illuminates the works of the museum creating a charming ambience. By them, you will also enjoy a unique view of the Dome, of IV November square and of the roofs of Perugia, a real enrichment of the museum.
The Palace is an interesting exemple of gothic architecture. To find out more about it, read our page about the Palazzo dei Priori
The visit to the National Gallery starts with the halls dedicated to 1200 and 1300. Here, there are important works: a wood Crucifix of the beginning of 1200 from the Church of Saint Maria of Roncione near to Deruta, the unique surviving element of a group of figures, some profane sculptures, some paintings.
Then the halls dedicated to the following centuries with the Madonna col Bambino of Duccio of Buoninsegna, a masterpiece of the paint of 1300, togheter with other works and in particular some sculptures from Siena as the wood statue of Madonna con Bambino of Maestro of Madonna of Perugia.
Then there is the gothic period with the important works of Madonna in trono col Bambino e Angeli Musicanti of Gentile from Fabriano and the Polittico di Pietralunga of Ottaviano Nelli, both of them from the beginning of 1400. Finally, the halls dedicated to the Renaissance.
Here there is the Polittico di San Domenico of Beato Angelico, one of the masterpiece of Florence, and works of Benozzo Gozzoli and Piero della Francesca. Then, the halls with the beautiful Umbrian-Marches art of 1400; also, jewellery and clothes from Perugia.
A particular work is the Cappella dei Piori of the 21st hall, a cycle of frescoes decored by Benedetto Bonfigli representing some episodes from the lifes of Saint Ludovico of Tolosa and Saint Ercolano, patron of Perugia.
Among the masterpieces of the Gallery there are the works of Perugino, especially the Madonna della Confraternita della Consolazione (1496-1498), the Christ in pietà già cimasa della Pala dei Decemviri (1495), the Pala Signorelli (1517) and the Polittico di Sant'Agostino; also, the works of Pinturicchio, in particular the Pala di Santa Maria dei Fossi (1496-1498).
Informations about the Gallery
The halls of the National Gallery
are setted up at the second and third floor of the Priori Palace. The entrance of the museum is in Via di Corso Vannucci 19.
From Tuesday to Sunday: 8:30 - 19:30 (last entrance at 18:30)
Closing: on Mondays from November to March*, 1° January, 25th December.
* Special Opening Mondays: from 1° April to 31st October, 12:00 - 19:30 (last entrance at 18:30)
Reduced ticket € 4,00 (young from European Union between 18 and 25 years old, teachers)
Free entrance on first Sunday of each month (free entrance for children under 18 years old, touristic guides, scholar groups)
In addiction, at the 5th floor of the Palace, there are the Library and the Historical Archive. Entrance by reservation.
At the ground floor, there is a free entrance little library dedicated to History of Art, especially Umbrian art.
Ricordiamo inoltre che al 5° piano del Palazzo dei Priori sono situati Biblioteca Archivio Storico, accessibili esclusivamente su prenotazione. Al piano terra si trova invece la Libreria, liberamente accessibile, specializzata in storia dell'arte e in particolare storia dell'arte in Umbria.
Have a good time into the National Gallery of Perugia!