The National Gallery of Umbria houses one of the Umbrian painter’s most famous works, The Adoration of the Magi (1470 - 1473; 1476). The brilliance and vividness of the colours that characterize the altarpiece is due to the oil technique with which it was painted and the influence of works from Flanders that Perugino had the opportunity to see in those years in Florence. On the left, in the procession of the Magi, a young man in a red cap is depicted looking at the audience to restore a sense of naturalness to the scene; this is Perugino’s self-portrait. The comet star shines in the sky; the artist had a chance to see one with a very long tail in 1472.
In the same Palazzo dei Priori, the Nativity (or Adoration of the Child), included in the cycle of frescoes painted by Perugino at the height of his success with the help of his pupil Raphael, can be admired in the Sala delle Udienze del Nobile Collegio del Cambio.