From July 5 to August 4, 2019, Perugia will host an extraordinary art event. At the National Gallery of Umbria, in fact, comes the Madonna Benois, one of Leonardo da Vinci's youth masterpieces, from the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, which returns to Italy 35 years after its only exhibition.
The appointment, one of the initiatives celebrating the fifth centenary of the death of the Florentine genius, will live a preliminary moment at the Pinacoteca di Fabriano, from 1 to 30 June, on the occasion of the XIII Unesco Creative Cities Network Annual Conference. The exhibition offers the possibility of an interesting iconographic comparison between the Madonna Benois and the works of Perugino, performed on his return to Umbria from Florence, and preserved in the NationalGalleryof Umbria.
In fact, in the Chronicles of 1482, the painter Giovanni Santi recalled that Due giovin par d'etate and par d'amori / Leonardo da Vinci is the Perusino / Pier della Pieve who is a divine painter, to underline the profound relationship who linked the two artists while working together as young apprentices in Verrocchio's Florentine workshop.