Following Perugino’s footsteps was not easy and often led to circles around Lake Trasimeno. Pietro Vanucci, known by all as Perugino, was a famous Renaissance painter who lived in the wooded villages near Lake Trasimeno in the 15th century.
Born in Citta della Pieve in Umbria around 1446, the little town lays claim to one of Perugino’s grandest works in the Chapel of Disciplanati of Città della Pieve – “An Adoration of the Magi”. This masterpiece was said to have been created around 1505 and is attributed in great part to the work by Vannucci’s pupils. His most famous pupil was the famed Raphael, who would later surpass Perugino in greatness during the High Renaissance period.
Perugino also founded the Umbrian School of Art in Perugia, (the main city of Umbria and hence, his nickname).
Perugino was best remembered for his serene and docile faces of the saints and angels poised in bucolic landscapes–a perfection of light and color. [Read more…]