Pietro Perugino (1450–1523) was considered by his contemporaries to be one of Italy’s foremost painters. In the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century, he initiated a new way of painting. His translucent images, with their harmonious colours and theatrical use of light, generated keen interest, making him one of the key representatives of the Italian Renaissance.
The publication, which contains some fifty works featured in the accompanying exhibition, reveals the critical contribution Perugino and his peers made to the art and the culture of their time. Perugino was at the forefront of a highly successful artistic movement whose influence was to spread throughout Europe via the work of his pupil Raphael (1483–1520).
Vittoria Garibaldi was formerly Superintendent for Historic and Artistic Heritage of Umbria and is curator of the exhibition Le Pérugin, maître de Raphaël.
Accompanies the exhibition Le Pérugin, maître de Raphaël at the Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, 12 September 2014 – 19 January 2015.