The exposition is dedicated to Italian art of the 13th - early 15th centuries - a period also called the Proto-Renaissance, which anticipated a new, pivotal era in all spheres of artistic creation. Visitors will see over 40 works of painting, sculpture and decorative and applied art from the 13th - early 15th centuries illustrating the development of the art schools of Central Italy.
In Russian museums, such works are rare, so the joint project of the two museums - the State Hermitage and the National Gallery of Umbria - is of exceptional importance. Never before have unique cult works and objects of secular art in such a significant composition left the walls of the museum and did not travel far beyond the borders of Perugia. Umbria is primarily associated with the work of Perugino and the young Raphael. However, the originality of the art of this region of Italy took shape much earlier, in the XIII century, and was one of the strongest local schools that developed around the cult of St. Francis of Assisi.