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“Worth only if you want to see Perugino”

Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria
Ranked #6 of 138 things to do in Perugia
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New York City, New York
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“Worth only if you want to see Perugino”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

Pietro Vanucci, called Perugino was local and owes his name to Perugia. If you are wondering why you haven't seen many pictures of Perugian/ Umbrian painters, it's because they went from Medieval to Baroque to Gothic, by-passing the Renaissance. Perugia, as well as the entire Umbria was part of the Papal States, thus much of the Renaissance passed by unnoticed.

This Museum is on the Third floor of Palazzo dei Priori (which once upon a time hosted I Priori, the Big Honchos ruling Umbria) and contains a rather uninteresting collection of Medieval art. The only interest to me was the Sala Perugino because I had never seen so many of his paintings in one place. Rafaelle Sanzo was a student of Perugino and some Art historians think that he painted some of the faces in Perugino's paintings. There are also a couple of Pintoricchio, Beato Angelico and Piero della Francesca. Near the entrance, you can see two metal sculptures of the Griffin and the Lion, symbols of Perugia. They are the originals from the Palazzo dei Priori, a beautiful building itself. The Palazzo has copies of these originals now.

Since we will be in Umbria for a while, we bought a "family" pass, good for about a dozen museums in Perugia, up to four people, unlimited number of visits, Euro 35. The admission to this Museum alone was 16 Euros, you can see the savings right away. Upon paying the 35 Euro, you get a card with bar code but, strangely enough, they don't read the bar code: the Cashier explains that every time you visit a museum, you should stop at the cashier's office and get a "ricevuta", a paper receipt. You hand said paper receipt to the Attendant at the door of every museum respectively. Go figure! I guess this is only normal for the layers of bureaucracy of today's Italy.

Visited April 2013
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“The best kept secret”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

May be one of the most remarkable museum in Italy, a country with one in every corner. It should be in everyone wish list if you are interested in art. And Perugia is worth at least one day visit.

Visited January 2013
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Madrid, Spain
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“Unmissable”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

A superb collection of Italian medieval through Late Renaissance art from the Umbria region. Most of the subject matter is religious, and the strength of the collection is, in my opinion, the 13th and 14th centuries. Unmissable to understand the great importance that Perugia attained during the Middle Ages. Gorgeous images of the Madonna and Child, lots of altarpieces, and some very impressive large-scale crucifixes. The building itself is medieval (Palazzo dei Priori), so it helps put everything into context.

Visited July 2012
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Sydney
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“Fantastic art gallery no queues”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

This is a fabullous art gallery and we were lucky enough to see a comprehensive exhibition of Renaissance paintings. Everyone flocks to the Uffizi and the Vatican however there is amazing art to be seen in Umbria with no queues or crowds.

Visited June 2012
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“Wonderful Signorelli exhibition”
Reviewed June 13, 2012

There was an exhibition of Luca Signorelli's works loaned from Galleries in various countries. It was more than excellent and well worth the extra 8 euro admission charge. The rest of the Galleria was free to over 65's and had many good religious works of art over the centuries but palled in cotrast to Signorelli.

Visited June 2012
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