The Diocesan Museum is located in front of the Cathedral, inside the architectural complex named “Del Gesù”. The museum is composed of 9 salons and hosts masterpieces dating from the II century a.C. to today modern art mainly coming from the local churches and here protected for security reasons. Here you can find important paintings by Luca Signorelli, Pietro Lorenzetti and Beato Angelico, is also It includes works of art by artists such as Bartolomeo della Gatta, and Sassetta. The oldest item in the museum is a marble Roman sarcophagus that dates the 2nd century and depicts the battle of Dionysus.
A room in the museum is specifically dedicated to the works of Luca Signorelli and his workshop, and emphasizes the bond that Signorelli had with his home town, and correspond to the artist’s last years of work, from 1512 to 1523, the year of his death. Ten of the works bear the personal signature of Signorelli, the others are assumed to be from his workshop.
The large tempera on panel depiction of the Lamentation of Christ, which used to be in the church of S. Margaret of Cortona, was called “a rare form of art” by Giorgio Vasari. The predella, on which Girolamo Genga may have also worked displays scenes of the Passion such as of the Last Supper, Agony in the Garden, and the Flagellation of Christ. The Communion of the Apostles, by Signorelli was painted for the high altar of the Church of Gesù, and has an unusual iconography in which the apostles are gathered around a table at the Last Supper, in a semicircle, standing or kneeling and around the figure of Christ. Only Judas, concealing his 30 pieces of silver faces the viewer, his glance revealing the inner struggle of betrayal. Another work attributed to Signorelli, or his workshop, is the 1519-1520 Assumption of the Virgin from the Cathedral of Cortona.
1st april to 31st od October: from 10am to 7pm (on October close on Monday)
1st November to 31st of March: from 10am to 5pm closed on MondayTickets
€ 5,00 – Standard ticket
€ 3,00 -groups over 15 person and childrens from 6 to 12 years old
€ 1,00 – Students
Is possible to visit the museum through the specialist service offered by Aion Culture. Just call and book