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Andrea Mantegna

Antonello da Messina

Antonio del Pollaiuolo

Bartolo di Fredi

Bartolomeo di Giovanni

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Bernard Berenson

Bernardo Daddi

Bianca Cappello

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Bonaventura Berlinghieri

Buonamico Buffalmacco

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Domenico Beccafumi

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Domenico di Michelino

Domenico veneziano


Duccio di Buoninsegna

Eleonora da Toledo

Federico Zuccari

Filippino Lippi

Filippo Lippi

Fra Angelico

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Francesco di Giorgio Martini

Francesco Pesellino

Francesco Rosselli

Francia Bigio

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Giorgio Vasari

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Giovanni Toscani

Girolamo di Benvenuto

Guidoccio Cozzarelli

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Il Sodoma

Jacopo del Sellaio

Jacopo Pontormo

Lippo Memmi

Lippo Vanni

Lorenzo Ghiberti

Lorenzo Monaco

Lo Scheggia

Lo Spagna

Luca Signorelli


masolino da panicale

master of monteoliveto

master of sain tfrancis

master of the osservanza

matteo di giovanni

memmo di filippuccio

neroccio di bartolomeo

niccolo di segna

paolo di giovanni fei

paolo ucello


piero della francesca

piero del pollaiolo

piero di cosimo

pietro aldi

pietro lorenzetti



sandro botticelli

sano di pietro


simone martini

spinello aretino

taddeo di bartolo

taddeo gaddi

ugolino di nerio




Luca Signorelli, Communion of the Apostles, 1512, panel 232 x 220 cm, Museo Diocesano, Cortona


Travel guide for Tuscany

The Communion of the Apostles


The Communion of the Apostles is a painting by Italian Renaissance artist Luca Signorelli, dating from around 1512. It is currently housed in the Diocesean Museum of Cortona, Tuscany.

Luca Signorelli’s Communion of the Apostles depicts the moment in which Christ administers his body and blood to the Apostles, but the iconography for the scene is quite unusual for Italy. The iconography had been indeed inspired by Justus van Gent's Corpus Domini Altarpiece (1472–1474), that Signorelli had seen during his stay at Urbino.

The Communion of the Apostles seems to be straining to escape from the cruel and tragic style of the Last Judgment of Orvieto and the Lamentation of Cortona, in order to imitate the sweet tones of the airy architecture of Raphael and the new sixteenth-century school.
Above an ancient style background, similar to Perugino's works, Signorelli painted Christ in the center of the scene, surrounded by brightly dressed apostles in a pyramidal composition. Christ holds a dish with the hosts he is delivering them. Among the apostles, Judas Iscariot is portrayed while turning towards the seer: at the same time, he is hiding into his purse the coin of his betrayal.
The altarpiece was most likely accompanied by a predella. Three of its panels have been identified with the Meeting of the Pilgrims on the Road to Emmaus and Supper in Emmaus in the Julius Weitznel collection, and with the St. Catherine of Alexandira now at the Museo Horne in Florence.[1]



Luca Signorelli, Communion of the Apostles, (detail), 1512, panel 232 x 220 cm, Museo Diocesano, Cortona

Luca Signorelli, Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, Museo Horne, Firenze

[1] Sources: Paolucci, Antonio (2004). "Luca Signorelli". Pittori del Rinascimento, Scala. Florence.

Vasari's Lives of the Artists | LUCA SIGNORELLI, painter of Cortona (ca. 1450-1523)


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One of Tuscany's best kept secrets is the beautiful valley sheltering this recently renovated 18th century farm house, a podere retaining all the charm and delight of its past combined with updated comfort. Podere Santa Pia, a former cloister with an authentic character, is located in the heart of the Valle d'Ombrone, and one can easily reach some of the most beautiful attractions of Tuscany, such as Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano and San Quirico d'Orcia, famous for their artistic heritage, wine, olive oil production and gastronomic traditions. It is the ideal place to pass a very relaxing holiday in contemplation of nature, with the advantage of tasting the most typical dishes of Tuscan cuisine and its best wines.

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Podere Santa Pia
Podere Santa Pia, garden view, December
View from Podere Santa Pia
on the coast and Corsica


Villa Cahen    
Vasari Corridor, Florence
Florence, Duomo



Crete Senesi, surroundings of Podere Santa Pia