After almost four decades Cortona is able to celebrate the life of one of her children, who has maybe still not found the historical importance he merits. Francesco Laparelli worked extensively as architect in Cortona, in Rome and in various other parts of Italy, and above all in Malta, to which his name will forever be tied.
This opportunity arises from a splendid and liberal donation to the Accademia Etrusca by a descendant of the “capitano”, Countess Costanza Laparelli Pitti Magi Diligenti, herself an academic. She donated autograph drawings of the fortifications of Malta after the “Great Siege” of 1565, and also of the foundation of La Valletta, drawings which, until now, were known only to specialists. These are of such beauty (the beauty of technical designs!) that they really deserve to be better known by the public.
From today these enter into the heritage of the Accademia and very soon they will become part of the museum circuit.
To bring this donation to the notice of the public, Accademia Etrusca, together with the Municipality of Cortona and MAEC (Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca e della Città di Cortona), decided to organise the Francesco Laparelli architetto cortonese a Malta exhibition for the autumn/winter of 2009. This frames the massive work by the Cortonese architect in the heart of the Mediterranean in an ample familiar, urban and European context, and gives comprehension to his work. The exhibition also occurs in a period in which the Municipality of Cortona, in agreement with the University of Florence, is starting with an ambitious project developing the Fortress of Cortona, which was constructed by Francesco Laparelli.