Poggio Sant'Angelo

Loc Farneta di Cortona 42, Cortona, Tuscany, 52044, Italy
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Madonna del Calcinaio and the land mines

by iandsmith

This gem of Renaissance architecture dating from 1485 is located on the southern hillside.
It was all designed by Francesco di Giorgio Martini, Sienese painter, sculptor, architect and engineer, who belongs to a select group of Renaissance practitioners, including Brunelleschi, Alberti, Michelangelo, Peruzzi, and Leonardo da Vinci, who excelled in several of the arts at the same time. A native of Siena, he may have been trained by Vecchietta (1410-1480), both a successful painter and sculptor. Francesco di Giorgio's early career is too poorly documented to make definitive judgments.
He appears in extant records in 1464, when he produced a wooden sculpture of St John the Baptist (Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena). In 1464 Francesco was charged with overseeing the intricate aqueduct system of Siena for a three-year period and similar assignments as an engineer and architect continued to come for the remainder of his life in Siena and in other centres. His fellow Sienese painter Neroccio de' Landi (1447-1500) became his partner, perhaps as early as 1469, until litigation abruptly dissolved the relationship in 1475. In the 1470s Francesco painted two different versions of the Coronation of the Virgin, one in fresco for the ancient Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala, done in 1471 (destroyed), and another, originally for the Benedictine abbey church outside Siena at Monte Oliveto, c. 1472. Francesco signed a Nativity that was commissioned in 1475.
By the mid-1470s, Francesco di Giorgio's other skills were in strong demand, and in 1477 he was already in the service of the famed Federigo da Montefeltro of Urbino, primarily as a military engineer and architect. He built a great chain of fortifications for the Duke of Urbino, somewhat amazingly for a man designing churches, he is credited with inventing the landmine! He also designed relief sculpture, intarsia decorations, medals, and war machines for his patron. Francesco di Giorgio was in Naples in 1479 and in 1480. In 1484 he began his most famous building, the centrally designed Church of the Madonna del Calcinaio outside Cortona. Returning to Siena from time to time during the same period, he continued to receive various official commissions, including the bronze angels for the high altar of the Sienese Cathedral (finished in 1498), but no paintings are recorded later in his career. Francesco, summoned to Milan to give advice on how to design the dome of the Cathedral, came into contact with Leonardo da Vinci, who later owned and annotated one of Francesco's manuscripts.
The Sienese artist, along with important Florentines and a few other "foreigners," participated in a competition for designing a façade of the Cathedral of Florence. Back in Naples during the 1490s, he continued to be active in Urbino. In 1498 he finally returned to Siena for good when he was made capomaestro (head) of the works at the Cathedral. Francesco died in Siena toward the end of 1501, leaving behind, in addition to the works already mentioned, a series of manuscripts of the greatest importance devoted to architecture and engineering. No documentation confirms that he continued to paint after the Nativity, although critics usually assume later activity, including the magnificent newly discovered essentially monochromatic frescoes in the Bichi Chapel of Sant'Agostino in Siena which have been attributed to him.
Late in life Francesco di Giorgio may have turned to painting again, following work done in bronze relief, most famous of which is the Deposition in Venice, and four bronze angels for Siena Cathedral, but the attributions made for a late period are full of problems since Sienese painting toward the end of the fifteenth century has not yet been carefully studied. Outsiders begin to dominate the local scene. Perugino, Pinturicchio, and Signorelli, all active in Siena, overshadowed Francesco as a painter.

Busy Town

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"Why I visited"

The thrust for me go to the hilltop town of Cortona was to see the settings for one of my all time favourite files ' La Vita e Bella' by Roberto Benigno. I wasn't disappointed but was amazed at the number of visitors. Much has been said , deservedly so, about the beauty of Cortona, and I would support these views. However, take some time to walk around the non tourist part of the town, particularly the road leading to the mountains and the small cafes just outside the town centre.

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Address: Loc Farneta di Cortona 42, Cortona, Tuscany, 52044, Italy