Ferens Art Gallery reopened on 13 January 2017 following a £5m renovation project. A key highlight of the refurbished gallery is the exhibition ‘Pietro Lorenzetti: Siena to Hull, A Masterpiece Revealed’ focused on Pietro Lorenzetti’s gold-ground panel painting 'Christ between Saints Paul and Peter', which is dated around 1320. The Ferens acquired the rare Sienese panel in 2013 and it has subsequently undergone a period of scientific study and conservation treatment at the National Gallery.
The exhibition places Lorenzetti's masterpiece in context with his artistic contemporaries, exploring the dazzling world of Sienese painting in the early 14th century, a time of extraordinary artistic richness and innovation.
The National Gallery is lending a small group of works by some of the most important masters of the period; Cimabue, Giotto, Duccio, and Ugolino di Nerio, works which until now have rarely travelled outside of London. In their exploration of naturalistic forms, three-dimensional space, and expressive figures, these early Italian artists are now considered to be the pioneering masters of the Early Italian Renaissance.
The following works are loaned from the National Gallery: