Pintoricchio at the Pinacoteca

San Gimignano exhibition celebrates painter

Mary Gray
October 2, 2014

A current San Gimignano exhibition spotlights Umbrian painter Bernardino di Betto, known as Pintoricchio. Housed in the art gallery of the Palazzo Comunale, Pintoricchio: La Pala dell’Assunta di San Gimignano e gli Anni Senesi will be open until January 6, 2015.


Pintoricchio, born in Perugia, worked throughout Italy, making notable contributions to the Orvieto Cathedral, the Sistine Chapel and the church of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome. This exhibition, however, sheds light on the final years of his career, spent largely in the province of Siena.


The centerpiece of the exhibition is his last great altarpiece, painted between 1510 and 1512 for the monastery of Santa Maria Assunta in Barbiano, not far from San Gimignano. This was Pintoricchio’s final documented work before his death in 1513. Other noteworthy paintings in the show are on loan from the Pinacoteca of Siena and the Diocesan Museum in Castello.


The exhibition is the first in a series of San Gimignano shows highlighting masterworks from various regional civic collections. The series—which includes a Filippino Lippi exhibition slated for 2015—will incorporate works from different parts of Tuscany, all tied to the artistic and historic narratives of San Gimignano. 


Until October 31, the show is open daily 9:30am–7pm; winter hours are 11am–5:30pm. Exhibition tickets also include access to San Gimignano’s Archaeological Museum, the Raffaele de Grada Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Santa Fina Pharmacy, the Torre Grossa and the other areas of the Palazzo Comunale.


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