Museums in Perugia: Palazzo Baldeschi
Hello, I am Aurora. I am 17 years old and frequent a high school at Perugia, specializing in fine arts.
Today I will take you to the "Palazzo Baldeschi" where I participated in an internship working as a museum guide.
I liked very much to be surrounded by all these wonderful pieces of art which take us back in history and tell us stories of long gone eras.
Palazzo Baldeschi in Perugia
The historical town centre of Perugia has a lot of wonderful museums to visit such as Palazzo Baldeschi, a quite hidden museum on the main street Corso Vanucci.
It was home to the wealthy merchant family of the Ubaldi, also known as Baldeschi. Later on the palace was transformed into a museum.
On the first floor we can find colourful frescoes from the 19th century.
On the second floor there are permanent exhibitions of the art collections of the Cassa di Risparmio di Perugia and donations by the art collector Alessandro Marabottini including a variety of majolica, paintings and sculptures from the 16th century to the 20thcentury.
Collection of Cassa di Risparmio Perugia
The collection of the Cassa di Risparmio continues on the third floor with paintings by major Umbrian and Tuscan artists such as Perugino, Pinturicchio, Signorelli, il Cavalier Perugino and more…
The paintings reach from the 15th to the 20th century.
The museum also hosts temporary shows with artworks from the archives of the Fondazione della Cassa di Risparmio Perugia or from other museums.
Art of the 20th century
The fourth floor is dedicated to 20th century art, displaying the clay sculptures by Antonio Ranocchia (1915-1989) and paintings by Giorgio Maddoli, Gustavo Benucci and Gerardo Dottori, a renowned futuristic painter.
One of my favorite pieces is Antonio Ranocchia’s clay relief "La Spiaggia".
It portrays a mundane scene on the beach. The modelling strokes are very rough and impressionistic but it conveys the relaxed atmosphere of a hot day in summer.
Far on the left a naked lady is openly sunbathing in the foreground. Two curiuos men are ogling her.
In the middle there is a little sitting person. That would probably be me when I go to the beach!
For more information about Palazzo Baldeschi in English visit: http://turismo.comune.perugia.it/poi/palazzo-baldeschi-said-al-corso
For more information about Palazzo Baldeschi in Italian visit: http://www.fondazionecariperugiaarte.it/palazzi/palazzo-baldeschi