Discovering Pietro di Cristoforo Vannucci, the Perugino

Pietro di Cristoforo Vannucci, known as Perugino, was one of the most famous and influential Italian painters and the greatest representative of Umbrian painting in the fifteenth century.


Born around 1448 in Città della Pieve, after some Umbrian experiences, Perugino went to Florence around 1467-1468, where he received the decisive teachings that affected his first artistic endeavours.

The turning point in the Master’s career was represented by his participation in the decoration of the Sistine Chapel, for which he created between 1481 and 1483 the fake altarpiece (destroyed to make room for the Judgement of Michelangelo) and some paintings with Stories of Moses and Christ, including the famous Delivery of the Keys, an artwork that constitutes his expressive peak.

In the last years of his career he returned to Umbria, where he worked mainly in small provincial towns, living a period that was particularly fruitful and rich in masterpieces.

He has been a brilliant artist, who has brought about remarkable innovations in the study of light, transparencies and colours and whose work has reached such an intensity that it has been nicknamed "Divine" by Raphael's father, a very young and gifted pupil whom he had in his workshop.

He also earned a reputation that Vasari himself recognizes at an international level because "people of his time appreciated him so much that many artists from France, Spain, Alemagna and other provinces" came to learn the secrets of his precious art.

So here is a series of proposals and itineraries designed to learn more about one of the characters who have most marked the history and art of the Italian Green Heart.