Signorelli, Luca (circa 1445-1523)

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Luca Signorelli, Italian painter, was born and died in Cortona in circa 1455 - 1523. The first news about him appeared in 1470. He was probably the pupil of Piero della Francesca and was interested in Florentine culture and Pollaiolo in particular. In 1482 he depicted Cappella Sistina in Rome with the Testamento e Morte di Mose'; San Paolo (1474) (Citta' di Castello, Torre del Vescovo); organ in San Francesco (Cortona); Flagellazione for the city of Fabriano (now in Milan, Brera). Being in his native city he created Pala Vagnucci (1484) (Perugia, Gall.Naz.); Educazione di Pan (destroyed in Berlin in 1944); Sacra Famiglia (Florence, Uffizi).
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The works of 1480-1490 show the multiplication of the figures and complication of the compositions in general: Nativita' (London, Nat.Gall.); Adorazione dei Magi (Paris, Louvre); San Sebastiano (Citta' di Castello, Mus.).

The grandiose fresco cycles are recognized as the masterpieces of Signorelli: Storie di San Benedetto (1497-1498) (Monte Oliveto Maggiore); Storie dell'Anticristo, Resurrezione della carne, Beati (see on the photo), Dannati, Avvento del Paradiso, Inferno (1499-1502) (Orvieto, Cappella di San Brizio in Duomo).

Among the subsequent works of the artist should be noticed: polittico di Acervia (1507, Milan, Brera); Comunione degli Apostoli (1512, Cortona, Mus.); Deposizione (1517, Umbertide, church Santa Croce).

After 1517 Signorelli entrusted his projects to the pupils; the most important work orders of this period were Assunta (Cortona, Duomo); pala (Arezzo, San Gerolamo); tavola (Foiano, Collegiata).

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