Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera and Città di Castello’s Picture Gallery
The Municipal Picture Gallery of Città di Castello is a wonderful treasure trove of art, behind Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera’s fabulous façades, decorated with graffiti inspired by a Giorgio Vasari drawing.
The complex is made up of five structures, designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger and Pier Francesco da Viterbo and built near an old cannon deposit between 1512 and 1545; it was meant for condottiero Alessandro Vitelli and his aristocratic wife, Angela Paola de’ Rossi di Sansecondo.
Inside, enveloped in 16th-century allegoric and mythological frescoes by Cristofano Gherardi and Cola dell’Amatrice, the Picture Gallery showcases a number of ancient and modern masterpieces: from the 13th-century Gothic boards by Andrea di Bartolo and Antonio Vivarini to the Renaissance pieces created in Domenico Ghirlandaio’s workshop; from Raphael’s amazing oil painting, the “Stendard of the Holy Trinity”, to various works by Luca Signorelli. And finally, the 1900s are represented – among others – by Mario Mafai, Renato Guttuso and Giorgio De Chirico.
Such a collection, indeed, makes the Picture Gallery one of the largest museums for Umbrian art, at par with Perugia’s National Gallery.