Signorelli was born and died in Cortona (about
1450 to 1523).
A pupil of Piero
della Francesca and a forerunner of Michelangelo,
he is considered to be the last great Tuscan fresco painter.
He studied anatomy in order to perfect his representation of
the human form.
Three of his major works are on show at the
Museum: the Last
Supper, a Virgin and Child
with Saints and an impressive Descent
from the Cross in which Signorelli gave
Christ the face of his son, dead of the plague.
The town of Orvieto holds many
of Signorelli’s most important works (frescoes
of the Last Judgment at the
cathedral), with others at the Monte Oliveto
Maggiore abbey (Siena), in
Rome (Sixtine Chapel), Florence (Uffizi
Museum) and at