Pietro Vannucci “Perugino”
Pietro was born in the year 1446 in Citta della Pieve, Umbria, Italy. His father was Cristoforo Vannucci and they were a fairly rich family. Pietro was an apprentice of Andrea del Verrocchio, though this was not his first apprenticeship. His first workshop he studied in was in Perugia. It is also possible he learned perspective from PIero della Francesca and possibly completing his apprenticeship in 1492 and was enrolled as a painter in the confraternity of St. Luke.
He was one of the earliest Italian artists that painted with oils. In 1480 Pope Sixtus IV asked Perugino to paint a fresco in the Sistine Chapel. At the age of 40,in 1486, he left Rome to go back to Florence, which he arrived in by fall. During the December months he and another artist; Aulista di Angelo, assaulted a person near Pietro Maggiore.
They were convicted on their on confessions in July in the year of 1487. Unlike his friend, PIetro only meant to beat him up. Aulista on the other hand soley intended to commit murder. Aulista was exiled permanently for attempted murder and Pietro was fined 10 gold florins.
Pietro had an established workshop in Florence and recieved many commissions. He worked mainly in Florence between 1486 and 1499.
In 1499 with the help of Francesco Maturanzio, acting as his consultant, he painted the audience hall in Perugia and it was complete in the year 1500.
Pietro was made Prior of Perugia in 1501 and on one occasion Michelangelo Buonarroti told Pietro, to his face, that he was a bungler in art. During the rather horrifying transaction of the Vannucci, Pietro created the Madonna and Saints.
In 1506, after losing his students, Perugino left Florence and went back to Perugia. He had later been asked by Pope Julius II to aint the Stanza of the Incendio del Borgo but Raphael pushed Perugino out of the limelight. Ironically enough Raphael was a student of Pietro. In 1512 Pietro retired from Rome to Perguia.
His last frescoes were painted for the following;
-Madonna della Lacrime in Trevi
-San’tAgnes in Perugia
-Castello di Fortignano in 1522
Perugino died from the plague. He contracted it in Fontignano in 1523. Like all plague victims he was buried hastily to prevent the disease from spreading. Like all plague victims he was given no marker so the precise spot in which he is buried is unknown.