Perugino (1445/50-1523) (Pietro Vannucci)

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Pietro Vannucci named Perugino, Italian panter, was born in Citta' della Pieve, Perugia in 1445-1450, and died in Fontignano, Perugia, in 1523. His artistic formation based on two great schools: the school of Piero della Francesca, that Perugino got to know through its numerous works spread between Umbria, Marche and Tuscany; and the school of Verrocchio, of who, Perugino was probably a pupil in Florence in 1470-1472. The artist led a very intensive activity most of all in Umbria, Marche, Florence and Rome, but worked in Lucca, Bolonia, Venice, Cremona, Frerrara and Milan as well. The first famous works of Perugino were: Adorazione dei Magi (1473); Storie di San Bernardino (476) (Perugia, Pinacoteca); Madonne (Paris, Louvre; Museums of Berlin, Nta.Gall. in London). In 1478 he worked in the Cappella della Concezione in the ancient St Peter's in Rome; between 1480-1482 he frescoed the walls of the Cappella Sistina, probably directing the work executed by other artists.
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In 1485 Perugino became the honorable citizen of Perugia. The end of the century was a period of a very intensive work for the artist: Compianto sul Cristo morto (see above) (1494-1495) (Florence, Pitti); Crocefissione (1495) (Florence, S.Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi); pala di Fano (1497); pala di San Pietro in Perugia (1496-1499); Resurrezione (1501) (Vatican, Pin.); frescoes in the Collegio del Cambio (1498-1500) (Perugia); Sposalizio della Vergine (see on the left) (1500-1504) (Caen, Mus.des Beaux-Arts). During these years continued a very intensive contact between Perugino and Raphael, which was probably determining in formation of the latter.

Till 1512 the activity of Perugino continued between the churches of Umbria and Tuscany; for the studio of Isabella (Este) Gonzaga: Lotta fra Amore e Castita' (1505) (Paris, Louvre); and for the ceiling of the Stanza dell'Incendio di Borgo in Vatican (1508).

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