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The exhibition

Five hundred years after his death, a great event celebrates the genius and greatness of an artist who has created some of the most emblematic works of the Italian Renaissance. Castelfranco Veneto, along with the Veneto Region and Province of Treviso, is undertaking a broad and ambitious project.

The celebrations began in May 2009 with the inauguration of the Museo Casa Giorgione, a museum where the enigmatic figure of the artist and the cultural context surrounding him find concrete expression in works, places and architectural reconstructions. The Altarpiece in the Cathedral and the frieze of The Liberal and Mechanical Arts are the most important items in the heritage of the city and both are prominent features of the museum exhibition, along with the 15th-century House, the venue for the collection, which is where the Master used to work.

An unusual feature of the celebratory project is the extraordinary exhibition running from December 2009 to May 2010.

For the first time ever, the genius, greatness and charm of Giorgione's early works are displayed in his hometown. A new and original survey enables visitors to admire the masterpieces from the first phase in Giorgione's career, alongside those by artists he was in contact with during his short life,  including Giovanni Bellini, Lorenzo Costa, Carpaccio, Perugino, Sebastiano del Piombo, Palma the Elder,  Leonardo, Raphael and Titian.

Major national and international museums are contributing in homage to the great master from Castelfranco Veneto: among others, the State Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, the Uffizi of Florence, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana of Milan, the Louvre of Paris, and the National Gallery of London. The exhibition represents a unique occasion for visitors to approach the enigma, mystery and myth surrounding the artist in the very land where he grew up and from which he drew his inspiration.