The Renaissance section reopens with a new exhibition layout and two precious panels by Perugino
The new narrative of the Renaissance wing is developed in 20 chapters according to chronological and thematic criteria. It covers a time span from 1450 to the mid-sixteenth century, emphasising the fundamental junctures and most significant personalities of art in Bologna. Themes include the importance of the contribution of artists from Ferrara, Francesco Francia’s activity as a goldsmith and his dialogue with the work of Perugino. Specific sections are devoted to the ‘bizarre’ genius of Aspertini, Raphael and his Ecstasy of Saint Cecilia, and the figure of Parmigianino.
Starting with the reopening, this section of the museum will also host a number of works from other institutions, which will replace those lent to exhibitions currently in progress. The first are two precious paintings by Perugino from the National Gallery of Umbria, Baptism of Christ (1502-1525) and St. John the Baptist between Saints Francis, Jerome, Sebastian and Anthony of Padua (c. 1509); later on, the Portrait of Prince Alessandro Farnese by Sofonisba Anguissola from the National Gallery of Ireland will arrive. Around these loans there will be in-depth and popularisation initiatives and educational paths.
As far as the exhibition design is concerned, it has been entrusted to Studio Bettini Architetti, with the mandate to develop a project that, while harmonising with Leone Pancaldi’s historical exhibition design, would be able to meet the needs of accessibility and inclusiveness of the contemporary public. The graphic design of the layout is part of the more general revision of the coordinated image of the Pinacoteca, curated by Studio Eremo in collaboration with The Harvest Consulting.
Coinciding with the reopening of the Renaissance section, the cost of the museum’s full-price ticket increases to €8 for both the ticket office and online purchase, with no pre-sale fees applied.
Opening hours remain unchanged:
Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday to Sunday and public holidays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Pinacoteca Nazionale – Via delle Belle Arti, 56 – Bologna