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The Great Masters in Painting and Sculpture

Edited by G. C. Williamson



PERUGINO



THE GREAT MASTERS IN PAINTING AND SCULPTURE.

_The following Volumes have been issued, price 5s. net each._

    BERNARDINO LUINI. By =George C. Williamson=, Litt.D., Editor of the
    Series.

    VELASQUEZ. By =R. A. M. Stevenson=.

    ANDREA DEL SARTO. By =H. Guinness=.

    LUCA SIGNORELLI. By =Maud Cruttwell=.

    RAPHAEL. By =H. Strachey=.

    CARLO CRIVELLI. By =G. McNeil Rushforth, M.A.=, Classical Lecturer,
    Oriel College, Oxford.

    CORREGGIO. By =Selwyn Brinton=, M.A., Author of "The Renaissance in
    Italian Art."

    DONATELLO. By =Hope Rea=, Author of "Tuscan Artists."

    PERUGINO. By =G. C. Williamson=, Litt.D.


    _In preparation_

    SODOMA. By the =Contessa Lorenzo Priuli-Bon=.

    MEMLINC. By =W. H. James Weale=, late Keeper of the National Art
    Library.

    DELLA ROBBIA. By the =Marchesa Burlamacchi=.

    EL GRECO By =Manuel B. Cossio=, Litt.D., Ph.D., Director of the
    Musee Pédagogique, Madrid.

    GIORGIONE. By =Herbert Cook=, M.A.

    MICHAEL ANGELO. By =Charles Holroyd=, Keeper of the National Gallery
    of British Art.

    THE BROTHERS BELLINI. By =S. Arthur Strong=, M.A., Librarian to the
    House of Lords

    REMBRANDT. By =Malcolm Bell=.


    _Others to follow._

       *       *       *       *       *

LONDON: GEORGE BELL & SONS



[Illustration: Private photo. Marseilles.

The Family of St. Anne.]



PIETRO VANNUCCI

CALLED

PERUGINO


BY

GEORGE C. WILLIAMSON, LITT.D.

AUTHOR OF

"JOHN RUSSELL, R.A.," "RICHARD COSWAY, R.A., AND HIS WIFE AND PUPILS,"
"PORTRAIT MINIATURES," "BERNARDINO LUINI," ETC.

[Illustration: logo]

LONDON

GEORGE BELL & SONS

1900



PREFACE


The following pages contain what is, I believe, the only full account of
the life and works of Perugino in the English language. It is based upon
a careful examination of almost every one of his works to be found in
Europe, and upon a critical study of their characteristics. The labours
of other investigators have, however, been laid under contribution, and
I am especially indebted to the works of Crowe and Cavalcaselle,
Morelli, Mariotti, Orsini, and Vasari, and also to the works and advice
of Mr. Bernhard Berenson, Mrs. Herringham, and Dr. Laurie, and to the
writings and researches of M. Broussolle. To the Archbishop of Trebizond
(Monsignore Stonor) I am most grateful for obtaining permission for me
to study the Albani altar-piece, and to Prince Torlonia for kindly
granting my request, and also to His Excellency Lord Currie for constant
and never-failing aid in regard to all the other Italian galleries.
Signor Cecchetti has helped me to obtain good photographs of the
pictures in and near to Città della Pieve, Miss Fearon has kindly
re-measured some of the Italian pictures for me, and the Rev. H. R.
Ware, and the Rev. T. C Robson, have given me much help in rendering the
Latin verse of Perugino into English verse. To each and all of these I
offer my hearty thanks. I have also to thank the Directors of the
Vatican and Perugia galleries for special facilities afforded me; Mr.
Murray for permission to quote from his handbooks, and the
photographers for the use of their photographs, and finally to beg that
if by chance I have made use of other material without the fullest
acknowledgment, the omission may be forgiven me inasmuch as I have
endeavoured to avoid so serious a fault. My own divergences from the
accepted views will be found fully recorded in these pages, and are in
every case founded upon personal study, and for them I alone am
responsible.

G. C. W.



CONTENTS


                                                                    PAGE

=List of Illustrations=                                               ix

Bibliography                                                        xiii

Chapter

   I. =Birth, Masters, and Environment=                                1

  II. =Early Days=                                                    19

 III. =Technique, Pigments, and Vehicles=                             33

  IV. =Wanderings=                                                    39

   V. =The Story of the Pillage=                                      47

  VI. =In Full Strength=                                              58

 VII. =The Cambio=                                                    74

VIII. =Florence, Perugia, and Città della Pieve=                      83

  IX. =Age, Infirmity, Dignity, and Death=                            99

   X. =St. Sebastian=                                                115

=Catalogue of the Works of Perugino=--

  =Austria-Hungary=                                                  121

  =Belgium=                                                          122

  =British Isles=                                                    122

  =France=                                                           127

  =Germany=                                                          131

  =Italy=                                                            133

=Chronological List of Pictures=                                     155

=Index=                                                              157



LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS


                                                                    PAGE

The Family of St. Anne, _Frontispiece_               _Marseilles_

Figure of St. Sebastian at Cerqueto, 1478                             10

The Delivery of the Keys to St. Peter
  (double plate)                           _Sistine Chapel, Rome_     14

                         {Predella panel from        }
The Baptism of Christ    {the San Pietro altar-piece }    _Rouen_     18
                         {(Perugia)                  }

Madonna and Child enthroned, with four Saints   _Vatican Gallery_     22

The Crucifixion                              _La Calza, Florence_     24

The Dead Christ                             _Accademia, Florence_     26

Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane          _Accademia, Florence_     26

The Albani altar-piece (double plate) 1491   _Villa Albani, Rome_     28

The Fiesole altar-piece, 1493           _Uffizi Palace, Florence_     30

Portrait of Francesco delle Opere, 1494 _Uffizi Palace, Florence_     40

The Ascension of Christ                      _Borgo San Sepolcro_     42

The Entombment of Christ, 1495           _Pitti Palace, Florence_     44

Saint Benedict, from the San Pietro
  (Perugia) altar-piece                       _The Vatican, Rome_     52

The Virgin appearing to St. Bernard                      _Munich_     62

The Virgin in Glory, 1496                       _Bologna Gallery_     64

The Crucifixion (double plate)
                       _Sta. Maria Maddalena del Pazzi, Florence_     66

The Certosa three-fold altar-piece
(double plate)                         _National Gallery, London_     68

The Madonna and Child with penitents, 1497      _Perugia Gallery_     70

The Intercession of St. Francis on behalf
  of Perugia                                    _Perugia Gallery_     70

The Crucifixion                             _Accademia, Florence_     72

Fortitude and Temperance with the Warriors  _The Cambio, Perugia_     76

Portrait of Perugino, 1500                  _The Cambio, Perugia_     78

The Assumption of The Virgin, 1500          _Accademia, Florence_     82

Portrait of the Abbot Baldassare of
  Vallombrosa                               _Accademia, Florence_     84

Portrait of Don Biagio Milanesi of
  Vallombrosa                               _Accademia, Florence_     84

The Resurrection                                _Vatican Gallery_     86

The Crucifixion (painted around a
  wooden crucifix)                              _Perugia Gallery_     88

Letter from Perugino, 20th February 1504      _Città della Pieve_     90

Letter from Perugino, 1st March 1504          _Città della Pieve_     90

Letter from Perugino, 30th March 1512           _Perugia Gallery_     90

The Adoration of the Magi, 1504               _Città della Pieve_     92

The Deposition (Filippino Lippi and
  Perugino), 1505                           _Accademia, Florence_     94

The Schiavone altar-piece, 1507                _National Gallery_    100

The Crucifixion, 1510                    _St. Augustine's, Siena_    102

St. Sebastian and St. Apollonia, from the
  Sant' Agostino (Perugia) altar-piece         _Grenoble Gallery_    106

The Holy Trinity and various Saints
  (Raphael and Perugino), 1505 and 1521     _San Severo, Perugia_    106

The Adoration of the Magi, 1521               _Sta. Maria, Trevi_    108

The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian, 1518            _Perugia Gallery_    118



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ERRATUM


The Illustration facing page 100 should be described as _The Beckford
Altar-piece_, and not as _The Schiavone Altar-piece of 1507_.

The Schiavone Altar-piece named on pages 99 and 100 is not illustrated
in the volume.

G. C. W.



PERUGINO



CHAPTER I

BIRTH, MASTERS, AND ENVIRONMENT


It is not quite certain when Pietro Vannucci (called from the name of
his adopted town Perugino) was born, but the place of his birth he
himself announces in his signature. Probably his birth took place in
1446 or 1447 at the little town of Castello della Pieve, now called
Città della Pieve, as it was raised to the dignity of a city in 1601 by
Clement VIII. His signature preserves, in the words "Petrus de Castro
Plebis," the older name of his birthplace. Vasari gives his father's
name as Christofano, and tells us that he was a poor man; but Mariotti
reminds[A] his correspondent that the family, although a poor one, was
not of low condition, as it had enjoyed the rights of citizenship since
1427. He also mentions that one Pietro Vannucci was in 1424 a member of
the Guild of Stone-workers, and that in 1428 a member of the family
signed himself proudly as citizen of Perugia. It is probable that
Vasari's story of the boy having been brought into Perugia at a tender
age and put as shop drudge with a painter in that city is correct. Città
della Pieve is not more than some twenty-five miles from Perugia, and
although the town is near to Chiusi, yet Perugia, as the capital of the
district of Umbria, is the more important place, and to it naturally
would the lad be taken. Vasari speaks of the unknown painter to whom the
youthful Pietro Vannucci was sent as one who "was not particularly
distinguished in his calling, but who held the art in great veneration
and highly honoured the men who excelled therein."

It would be very interesting to know the name of this painter, as,
according to Vasari, he had great influence upon Pietro. "He did not
cease," Vasari continues, "to set before Pietro the great advantages and
honours that were to be obtained from painting by all who acquired the
power of labouring in it effectually, and kindled in the mind of his
pupil the desire to become one of those masters." We enter upon a
curious speculation when we begin to surmise the name of this master.
Lanzi speaks of an artist known as Pietro of Perugia, but conjectures
that Niccolò of Foligno (known also as Niccolò Liberatore, and
incorrectly as Niccolò Alunno) may have been Perugino's first master.
Mariotti attaches much more importance to the early teaching of
Bonfigli. Fanelli, quoted by Lupattelli,[B] speaks of "a poor and
obscure youth from Città della Pieve in the school of Alunno receiving
instruction from Niccolò Alunno and becoming eventually the immortal
Perugino, master of Raffaello." Crowe and Cavalcaselle take Bonfigli as
this early master, while later writers, notably Mr. Berenson, attach far
more importance to the training of Fiorenzo di Lorenzo.

Leaving out of consideration for a space the question of what Perugino
learned from Piero della Francesca and in the botegas of Florence, it
maybe well to briefly glance at the influences already named.

Niccolò da Foligno was perhaps the originator of the school of Umbrian
painters in which Perugino thereafter took so important a place. He was
clearly a pupil of Benozzo Gozzoli, who derived his training from Beato
Angelico; but into the sweetness, harmony, and tender feeling of these
earlier masters Niccolò forced a fiercer spirit, an uncompromising
realism, which is at times almost painful in its stress. Niccolò was a
man of forceful spirit, earnest and powerful, and with a certain dry
technique and rigid definition that is in full accord with the
penetrating spirit that composed the pictures. Foligno is quite close to
Perugia, and there is no difficulty in realising the presence of Niccolò
at times in that city. His influence is marked in Perugino's early work,
but it does not stand alone, and has associated with it characteristics
that could not have come from the Folignate botega. Bonfigli (Benedetto
Buonfiglio), to whom Vasari once refers at the conclusion of his life of
Pinturicchio, was the prominent painter of Perugia. He was greatly
esteemed in that city, and so largely confined his labours to his native
place that even now it is impossible, save in the gallery of that city,
to gain anything like an adequate knowledge of his art.

It was not, however, from Bonfigli that we consider the strong influence
came that affected Perugino's work. Much of Bonfigli's work was quite
beautiful; there is a fascinating grace about many of his figures; there
is a tenacious hold upon the laws of perspective, rich, varied, and
charming colouring, and a general pleasing result in composition and in
effect. There is, however, little virile force, very slight depth of
feeling, and, above all, an absence of the open space which is so
characteristic of later Umbrian art, and which has such a wondrous
effect in the pictures of the great Umbrian artists. Bonfigli's pictures
are crowded, Perugino's never were crowded. Bonfigli's are
illustrations, records, decorative effects ever full of figures, and of
detail, and with the beauty of certain single faces or separate groups
swamped by the crowd of ordinary objects. Perugino's pictures, whatever
may be their faults, never deserve this condemnation.

Fiorenzo di Lorenzo on the contrary, must certainly have been a master
from whom Perugino received no slight influence.

Once again it is needful to go to Perugia in order to study the works of
this artist, as away from the hill-top city the pictures of Fiorenzo di
Lorenzo, are few and far between.

In England there is one that is noteworthy, a "Virgin and Child,"
belonging to Mr. George Salting.

In the works of this artist we are at once struck by the aloofness that
distinguished Perugino. Single figures stand apart one from the other,
each slightly connected as by a thread of thought, and similarly each
with the central feature of the picture, but in every other way
self-contained. Here again are the placid Umbrian landscapes with which
later on we shall become so familiar, and the tall slender youths and
sweet women full of tender grace, that make their first appearance in
Umbrian art. There is a grace and charm in the work of Fiorenzo di
Lorenzo, that is far removed both from the fierce truth of the
Folignate's pictures and from the crowded stress of Bonfigli, and those
panels that tell the story of Bernardino in the Accademia at Perugia,
and which represent the artist at his very best, are possessed of a
fascination both in line, in colouring, and in movement that are
impressive to the highest degree.

Occasionally the artist was able to attach two or more of his figures to
one another by a gesture or a movement that formed a distinct and
noticeable link; but it was left for Perugino to still further develop
this power and to link his figures one by one into a single group when
he so desired, or at his will to keep them aloof one from the other, and
to the successors of Perugino to complete this power which Fiorenzo so
slightly commenced and which Perugino so greatly improved. In another
way can be seen the influence of Fiorenzo di Lorenzo. The typical
Umbrian landscapes which are so important a feature in Perugino's
pictures first make their appearance in the works of this artist. The
special treatment of the landscape will be referred to in fuller detail
later on; but we may here mention that those expansive broad landscapes,
with distant hills bathed in a blue mist and revealing long stretches of
level fertile land on either side, with single trees, standing
silhouetted against the sky, which, like a vast arch of blue, frames in
the lovely scene, are noteworthy in Fiorenzo's pictures.

Finally, there is the pale golden sunlight to be seen in his works, a
sunlight which bathes all purely Umbrian art, but which does not appear
to any marked extent in the works of the Foligno school.

Having now briefly glanced at the leading characteristics of these
artists, it will be well to examine the work of one who was far greater
than either of those already named, and whose influence on Perugino is
very marked. I allude to Piero della Francesca. Whether, as Morelli
suggests, Perugino journeyed to Arezzo, where Piero was at work, and
aided him in his work, or placed himself under his tuition, or whether
Perugino met Piero at Borgo San Sepolcro or in Perugia, is immaterial.
It will suffice to understand that, somewhere near at home, and in the
early days of his training before Perugino journeyed to Florence, the
two men must have met, and Perugino learned much from the Tuscan-Umbrian
master and profited largely by his instruction.

One of the main features of Piero's art was his accurate knowledge of
perspective. He was, above all, a mathematician, well versed in
arithmetic and geometry, and the author of several treatises on the
science.

He rejoiced in complicated problems of perspective, in long vistas of
columns stretching away into the far distance, in mysterious hollows, in
exquisite alcoves, curves, and embrasures, in the perfectly accurate
drawing of roofs and rooms, and in the grouping of his figures in such
geometric array and such careful receding proportion as made clear the
charm that such mathematical arrangements had over the mind of the
artist.

There are, however, other characteristics of Piero's work, that must be
carefully noted in making a survey of his style. There is a wonderful
gravity and solemnity about his figures, a preoccupied look in most of
their faces, and we trace also the very beginning of that power already
mentioned, of linking figure to figure and group to group.

Certainly, in the long processions that form so essential a part of the
frescoes at San Francesco in Arezzo, there is a certain connection
running through the group of figures which are arranged in processional
order especially in the "Visit of the Queen of Sheba," the "Invention of
the Cross," and the "Exaltation of the Cross," but individually the
figures composing these groups are separate and distinct from one
another, engaged in their own concerns and holding no converse one with
the other. In these respects it was left for the later men, beginning
with Perugino, to pull the picture together and make it one harmonious
whole.

When to this aloofness, this curious want of sympathy between the
central group or scene in the picture and all the attendant groups or
figures, we add a severe absence of emotion, an impassiveness in the
faces of all the figures, together with a simple dignity of style and a
power of delineation that is very attractive, we begin to understand
Piero della Francesca. He never considered whether the faces of his
figures were specially suited to the group in which he used them. He is
quite unmoved by any ideas that the spectator may have as to fitness in
the picture, and he never reveals his own views as to the scene and its
appropriate presentation. Rage, pity, scorn, amazement, jealousy,
passion, or even the depth of devotion, are no part of Piero's
repertoire, but a quiet self-contained hauteur, a learned solemnity,
and a religious calm characterise his figures, both men and women. There
is abundance of dignity, stately form, earnest but impassive
determination, but, even in the battle scenes, nothing of the _Sturm und
Drang_ which would have been expected.

All these characteristics had direct influence upon Perugino, but even
beyond them can be seen other marks of this master's tuition. The
fantastic head-dresses that are to be seen in Piero's frescoes find
their counterpart in the frescoes of the Cambio; the very same scheme of
composition in "The Resurrection of Christ" in the Borgo San Sepolcro
Gallery is to be seen in one of Perugino's pictures; and the long vistas
of arches and careful geometric proportion and the absolutely accurate
drawing of arches and columns are to be equally realised in Piero's
picture in the Gallery at Perugia and in Perugino's altar-piece in the
Villa Albani. Even in the shape of the hand, the clear cameo-like
profile of the faces, and the detail of the feathers on the angels'
wings, the relationship between these painters is marked, and comparison
between the frescoes at Arezzo and the paintings in the Accademia will
be found to reveal these and other points of close contact.

In these early days of Perugino's life, it is therefore to the influence
of Niccolò Liberatore, of Fiorenzo di Lorenzo, and, above all, of Piero
della Francesca, that we attribute the growth of his art and the success
of his later life.

One more artist he must have met in these days, as Luca Signorelli, who
was some five years his senior, was probably at Arezzo with Piero della
Francesca. Certain pictures of Perugino, notably the "Crucifixion," at
La Calza, and the similar scene painted around a carved crucifix now at
Perugia, the "Pietà" in the Accademia, and the "Love and Chastity" in
Paris, betray in their vigour, hardness, and movement some of
Signorelli's influence, an influence that only occasionally was to be
seen in the great Umbrian master.

Morelli[C] considers that Perugino's journey to Florence after his
Perugian training, of which Vasari speaks, took place in 1470, at which
time Perugino would be about twenty-five years old. His name is recorded
in the roll of St. Luke in 1472, and in the roll of the Physicians in
1499.

Vasari states that it was to Verrocchio that he went. Lanzi and Orsini
confirm this; Morelli gravely doubts it; Resta distinctly denies it;
Berenson rejects it; and certainly there is but little trace of such a
tutor in Perugino's work.

In the "Baptism" at the Accademia, which is an absolutely authentic
picture, although perhaps partly the work of Leonardo, and in the
"Madonna and Child" in the Uffizi, also attributed to Verrocchio, we
find nothing that would appear to have influenced Perugino, or that can
be recalled by his work, but if the magnificent bronze panel in the
Carmine Church at Venice is accepted as the work of Andrea del
Verrocchio then there is evidently a feeling in this work such as
Perugino would naturally have appreciated, and which does appear many
times in pictures by the Umbrian master. The position of the Christ on
the ground, and that of the women who bend over Him, the silent
meditative devotion of the two men and of the child who kneel on the
right, the attitude, wings, drapery, and movement of the flying angels,
and their very position with regard to the cross, all find answering
echoes in Perugino's work that are unmistakable in their clearness. What
is, however, of special importance to notice at this juncture is that
Perugino did not go to Florence in 1472 as a mere pupil or scholar.
Young in years as he undoubtedly was, he must have also been mature in
experience and in knowledge; for otherwise it is inconceivable that so
sagacious a Pontiff as Sixtus IV. should have sent for him eight years
afterwards and engaged him upon work in the Sistine Chapel.

Vasari specially states that the invitation was given because of
Perugino's great fame throughout Italy, and it is clear that a request
to work side by side with such men as Ghirlandajo, Cosimo Rosselli, and
Botticelli was so high a compliment that it would not be given to one
who was merely a student in Verrocchio's botega. There is no question
about the date of this invitation, as the original contract between the
Holy Father and the artists has been published, and it contains an
undertaking to furnish "ten stories" between October 27, 1481, and March
15, 1482.

Prior to these dates we hear of two other works executed by Perugino.
The earliest of all is recorded by Milanesi in his notes to the life in
Vasari. He states that in 1475 Perugino was commissioned to paint
certain frescoes in the Palazzo Publico in Perugia; but of these works
not a trace remains, and there is no evidence to support the learned
author's statement[D] Milanesi, moreover, further records the fact
that in 1478 Perugino worked at Cerqueto, painting some frescoes in a
chapel there, and one solitary figure of "San Sebastian" bearing that
date only now remains out of the entire decoration.

[Illustration:

_Private Photo_] [_Cerqueto_

SAINT SEBASTIAN, 1478]

To this interesting figure, the earliest known work of the master, a
reference will be made later on when consideration is given to other
representations of the same saint, but a record must here be made to the
Foligno, and to the Signorelli influence that this figure betrays. In
direct truth the figure might well be the work of Niccolò Liberatore,
and is conceived on the lines of his school. In nervous, tense muscular
representation, and in the movement of the limbs, it is strikingly
Signorellesque, and the realism of its wounds bespeaks the same
characteristic; but the silky treatment of the skin, the roundness of
the limbs, the upturned piteous face, the locks of hair, the
extraordinarily exaggerated size of the great toe, and, above all, the
intricate puckered folds of the drapery, are Perugino's and Perugino's
alone.

The painting of the drapery which becomes a mannerism, and one of the
most accurate of tests here in the very early days of the artist, takes
certain definite forms, and the dark hollows and curious hook-like folds
are to be seen in this "San Sebastian," not certainly as freely but
quite as definitely, as they appear in later days. The picture is but a
fragment of what must have been an important fresco, but it is eloquent
of better work to come, and shows promise of masterly execution that
only three years afterwards was to be revealed at Rome in the Sistine
Chapel. No other work exists to bridge over the time between Perugino's
early training in Umbria, his sojourn in Florence, and his return as a
well-known artist to the town and neighbourhood of Perugia, although
there is said to be a picture near Naples dated 1460, but the date is
probably apocryphal.

In Florence the artist would probably have met Leonardo da Vinci and
Lorenzo di Credi. If he attended at Verrocchio's studio he certainly
would have met them. In Florence also, Resta tells us, he studied
Masaccio's work, and we may be quite sure he used every endeavour to
perfect himself in his art; and it is to this period of residence that
Giovanni Santi refers in his oft quoted lines:

  _"Due giovin par d'etate e par d'amori
    Leonardo da Vinci e P Perusino
    Pier della Pieve."_

--"Two youths alike in age and love Leonardo di Vinci and the Perugian
Peter of Pieve." He is mentioned in Florence in 1490 in one of the books
relating to the Cathedral, and there is a story of his having been fined
for fighting in Florence in 1488.

In the only picture that remains to us of the series executed by
Perugino in Rome for Sixtus IV. we see the result of all this Florence
training, but we are also confronted at once by the great
characteristic of the Umbrian school--free open space.

In considering this great feature, the most noteworthy characteristic of
Umbrian art, it is impossible to avoid reference to Mr. Bernhard
Berenson's pages and to his definition of what he terms "space
composition," which he defines in this way: "Space composition differs
from ordinary composition in the first place most obviously in that it
is not an arrangement to be judged as extending only laterally, or up
and down, on a flat surface, but as extending inwards in depth as well.
It is composition in three dimensions and not in two, in the cube and
not merely on the surface."[E]

Farther on he remarks: "This art comes into existence only when we get a
sense of space not as a void, as something merely negative such as we
customarily have, but on the contrary as something very positive and
definite, able to confirm our consciousness of being, to heighten our
feeling of vitality."

It is the wonderful art of space compositions which so distinguishes
Perugino from his Sistine Chapel days down to the end of his life.

The power is so well expressed by Mr. Berenson that nothing is needed to
further define it but he still further emphasises "space composition"
when he states that it is an "intrinsically religious art" capable of
"communicating the religious emotion" and able to "awaken in those who
looked at the pictures a consciousness of preference for a life holy and
refined."

In this first great picture "Christ giving the Keys to St. Peter," all
the power of this marvellous capability is at once apparent.

It produces a sense of vastness, of spaciousness, of broad, free, open
air enclosed only by the blue arch of Heaven, and therefore gathers up
and retains all the higher emotions of the spectator.

There are the grand figures in the foreground, majestic and wonderful in
their dignity; beyond them are others in the receding distance, smaller
and smaller as the eye notes the vast distance expressed in the picture.
In the centre rises the wonderful temple. Bramantesque and stately, and
beyond it, disappearing away into the horizon are the everlasting hills
that bound and yet seem to extend the broad space of the Umbrian
landscape the utmost distance of which is lost in the blue haze of the
sky.

The two triumphal arches at the sides serve to emphasise the great space
that the picture embraces and the effect is that of gazing through an
open window in Perugia or at Montefalco.

There is no sense of crowding, the space is so vast that the populace of
a country could not crowd it, and the air circulates in and around every
group and serves to give the greater _plein-air_ charm.

There is a soothing quiet about the whole, a self-restraint and a
stillness, and even though figure stands apart from figure and each one
hardly notices the other, yet there is a fine thread of common interest
to be seen connecting the whole of the foreground group and linking the
spectators to the two central persons, Christ and the Foundation of His
Church.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_Sistine Chapel, Rome_

THE DELIVERY OF THE KEYS TO ST. PETER]

It is well when mentioning this great picture to state as a personal
opinion that it is not possible to appreciate Perugino adequately, or
even to understand him properly, without a visit to Umbria itself.

The country differs so much from other parts of Italy that mere
comparison with parts better known is useless, but when once the student
has sojourned in the country the charm of its landscape is felt and
understood. There is a vastness about its open spaces, an immensity of
view, boundless and yet enclosed, that must be seen to be understood.

To linger on the fortifications of Montefalco, to look out from the
public square of Trevi, to wander along the road that divides San
Girolamo from Spello, to drive along the plains of Foligno, to stay at
Nervi, Deruta, or Bettona, to gaze out over the plains around Assisi, or
to appreciate the wonderland that is mapped out around lofty
Perugia--all these are so many lessons to the right understanding of
Perugino. Away and away in the rolling distance are those vast plains,
not flat surfaces, but a luxuriant country-side, irregularly marked by
the contours of hills and valleys, dotted with tiny fortified towns
crowning each its own hill and looking down upon its neighbour. Great
white winding roads meander hither and thither, single trees stand out
in sharp tall silhouette against the intense blue of the sky, and around
as far as eye can reach stretch the half-hidden, half-revealed mountains
clothed in a purple haze while the golden glare of sunlight bathes all
the intervening space in its mystic light, tinging with gold the very
grass of the fields, the grey drab of the roads, the ruddy brown of the
buildings, and the radiance of the distant towers and houses.

All the Umbrian artists felt the charm of this scenery, but no one save
Perugino so fully and so consistently expressed it.

It is in all his works, and as one gazes out upon this "buoyant
spaciousness" of view, the wondrous creatures of his conceptions, holy
women, saints, prophets, apostles, religious guilds, praying populace,
seem once more to people the earth, and away in the eternal immeasurable
sky can be seen the Assumption, the angels, the mandorla of cherub
faces, the comforting seraphim and the glowing cherubim, as Perugino saw
them, and the sky is again the scene of the glories which faith enabled
Perugino to visualise and depict.

It is the knowledge of his own country and the wonderful power of space
composition that marks Perugino's pictures so emphatically as to enable
us to determine that the "Delivery of the Keys to St. Peter" is the only
fresco from the master's hand in the Sistine Chapel. It was Morelli who
first pointed out that Crowe and Cavalcaselle were in error in
attributing "Moses and Zipporah" and the "Baptism of Christ" to
Perugino, and I accept his teaching in this matter quite readily. A
careful study of the Sistine frescoes has convinced me that Morelli was
right and Crowe and Cavalcaselle wrong. Even the two central figures in
the disputed "Baptism," those of Christ and St. John, which are compared
with the two similar figures in the predella at Rouen, which is
undoubtedly authentic, and with the same scene in the National Gallery,
which I consider a copy only of the master's work, betray the hand of
Pinturicchio rather than that of Perugino.

In the fresco at Rome, the two figures are crowded closely together;
the arm of Our Lord almost rests on St. John's head, the face of the
saint is weak and feeble, the limbs are skinny and badly drawn, there is
no sense of security in the feet, the hands are out of proportion and
the draperies entirely lack the hook folds of Perugino, and are loose
and inadequate. Above all, neither figure stands upon its two feet; in
the case of the Christ one foot alone supports the whole body, a mistake
that Perugino never makes. The whole picture is crowded with figures and
hemmed in with hills. It is pictorial certainly, and effective, but it
entirely lacks the spaciousness of Perugino. There is a feeling of crush
and crowd such as Perugino never gives, and a total absence even in the
landscape of that extensive vista of scenery, that breadth of treatment
which is so important. Even the representation of the Eternal Father
within the mandorla of cherubs and attended by angels is not placed high
up in the illimitable aerial space, but almost touches a neighbouring
hill, and serves but to overfill the picture and make its crowded
composition a wearisome burden. Compare for a moment the predella at
Rouen. The two central figures stand apart one from the other, and
therefore stand out clearly and distinctly, while yet near enough for
their mutual actions to be closely connected. They stand firmly and well
balanced on their feet, the slight exaggeration of one of St. John's
feet, being due to an accurate understanding on Perugino's part of the
distortion apparently given to the limb by its being below the surface
of the water. Around are the kneeling angels and attendant figures,
eight only in number, carefully graduated in size according to
position, aloof, serious, quiet, and still. Away and beyond is the
rolling landscape, with its exquisite hills and dainty detached trees
standing out clear against the sky. On and on the eye travels, eager to
reach the limits of this limitless vision, and impressed more and more
by the skill that painted in so tiny a compass so vast a scene. Above is
the sky free from any crowd of spirits, and reaching up to unimagined
heights.

Here is undoubtedly Perugino's work; but at Rome we see merely a clever
overcrowded picture, an illustration simply, and most evidently the work
of Pinturicchio. Three other frescoes in this chapel Perugino did
undoubtedly paint for Sixtus IV., covering the eastern wall. They
depicted the "Assumption," into which he introduced the kneeling figure
of the Pope, the "Nativity," and the "Finding of Moses," but all these
works were swept away during the Pontificate of Pope Paul III. to make
way for the tremendous work of Michel Angelo, "The Last Judgment." It is
infinitely to be regretted that no replica of these frescoes was
retained, as the "Delivery of the Keys" is so superb a composition, that
it but increases the desire of the spectator to know what Perugino's
other frescoes were in the same chapel.

The payment for the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel was not authorised
till August 8th, 1489, as Mariotti[F] records that at that time Perugino
was entitled to draw on the Apostolic _camera_ at Perugia for 180
ducats, being the balance of money due for pictures in the Apostolic
chapel. On the 5th of March 1490 Perugino gave a receipt in Perugia for
that money.

[Illustration:

_Petiton photo_] [_Rouen_

THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST

(_A predella panel from the San Pietro (Perugia) altar-piece_)]


FOOTNOTES:

[A] Mariotti, "Lettere Pittoriche Perugine," 1788, v. 121.

[B] "Storia della Pittura," A. Lupattelli. Foligno, 1895.

[C] "Italian Painters," ii. 107.

[D] Eastlake, however, refers to a picture painted for Luca degli'
Albizzi for which the artist was paid 100 gold crowns. At this time, it
was, he says, in the Palazzo Albizzi, and he says it was executed prior
to 1478, as in that year Luca, who was in the Pozzi conspiracy, was
exiled for twenty-five years. This picture cannot now be traced.

[E] "Central Italian Painters of the Renaissance," 96.

[F] Mariotti, p. 150.



CHAPTER II

EARLY DAYS


There are three pictures, one of which is especially named by Crowe and
Cavalcaselle, which seem to belong to the early days of Perugino.

Not that they should be ascribed to the Cerqueto period, or to the
Sistine Chapel time, but it is probable that they were painted between
1480, when the master was in Rome, and 1491, when he produced on his
second journey to the Eternal City the magnificent altar-piece now in
the Villa Albani. Crowe and Cavalcaselle refer to the tondo in the
Louvre, and to it we add the somewhat similar work at Verona and the
"Baptism" at Vienna.

There is a certain immaturity in these three pictures, a straining after
effect, a poorness in colouring, and a rigidity in the draperies,
together with a niggling technique, with hard tight outlines, that was
to give place so speedily to far more breadth. At the same time, thus
early, if my surmise as to date is correct, can be seen the
characteristics of Perugino. All three pictures are full of _plein-air_
effect, the one at Verona especially. The group in Paris of "Madonna and
Child" with two saints and two angels is a little cramped and crowded.
The Verona one omits the two saints and introduces as another child St.
John Baptist.

In the Vienna "Baptism," which has been repainted in places, there is a
hardness in the draperies, a stiffness in the attendant figures, and an
unfinished character to the landscape; but in each of the three there is
sweetness, calm, and devotion, and they mark the beginning of quite a
new movement in Italian art. It will be noticed that both in Paris and
Verona the under draperies are regular and hard in their pleating, that
the head-dresses are merely conventional and stiffly angular and that
ornaments, decoration, and jewellery have received an amount of fine
laborious detail work, which renders them somewhat too conspicuous, and
shows that the artist had not yet realised the sense of proportion in
the various parts of his pictures that distinguished him later on.

From consideration of these three pictures, remarkably interesting and
thoroughly typical as they are of the new school of work just unfolding,
it will be well to pass on to more definite ground and consider some
dated pictures which follow in due course.

There is an amusing story in Mariotti respecting one masterpiece that
should be mentioned here. The Priori of Perugia desired to have an
important altar-piece for their Capella dell' Magistrato, and in the
predella of the picture, or else introduced into the altar-piece itself,
were to be the portraits of the worthy Priori.

A local artist, one Pietro di Maestro Galeotto, was selected for the
work, and on the 7th of June 1479 a contract was made with him for it,
the price to be 200 florins, and the picture to be completed in two
years under a fine for non-compliance of 50 golden ducats. Galeotto
from time to time drew payments on account from the Priori, and three
years passed away and yet there were no signs of the altar-piece and no
mention of the fine. On June 29th, 1482, another year's grace was
granted to Galeotto on the plea that there had been some contagious
disease in Perugia and he had struck work and absented himself; but in
May 1483 Galeotto died, whether from this plague or not is not recorded,
but when inquiry was made of his heirs as to the picture nothing could
be found of it but the frame. Shortly after this time Perugino visited
Perugia, and to him the Magistrates turned for help; and, bringing much
pressure to bear upon him, prevailed upon the artist to sign a contract
dated 28th November 1483 binding himself to produce the picture in four
months for 100 florins. The details of the picture are all given in the
contract, and the names of the four Saints, who were to surround the
Madonna and Child, and, above all, the portraits of the Priori were not
to be omitted. But by this time Perugino had received the commands of
Pope Sixtus IV. to come to Rome, and so a few days after signing the
contract Perugino left Perugia without giving any further consideration
to the wishes of the worthy Priori or the text of the contract. Even the
first section of the work, containing the portraits which he had
faithfully promised should be ready in December 1483, was quite
forgotten.

The term of office, however, for which the Priori were elected was
rapidly nearing its close, and there were still no signs of the
portraits of these eminent men. In despair the Priori turned to a third
artist, Santi di Polonio del Celandro, and in a contract dated 31st
December 1483 they bound him to supply the picture and complete it
within a year, but inserted a clause that all the portraits together
with that of their notary were to be painted within a fortnight.

For the whole work he was to have one hundred florins. This time the
Priori kept their eye on the artist; there was no time to lose. Shortly
they would go out of office, and then the chance of having their
portraits forever adorning their chapel walls would be gone, and so the
poor Celandro had to paint the eleven portraits within fifteen days,
under pain of a very heavy fine. Somehow or other he accomplished the
work; the portraits were done, and temporarily remained in the chapel
standing against the wall waiting for the completion of the rest of the
pictures. But, having accomplished this part of the work, Celandro took
no further heed of the contract, and the Priori having obtained their
desire, troubled no further as to the Madonna and saints, or were
powerless to force Celandro to complete the work. Twelve years actually
passed away, and the chapel still lacked its altar-piece, and Celandro,
like Galeotto, died.[G] In 1495 Perugino was again at Perugia, full of
honour and fame; and once more the decoration of the Capella was
resolved on. The Priori--quite a new body to the one which had
originally planned the picture, entered into another contract with
Perugino, dated 6th March 1495--for him to paint the altar-piece on the
same scheme as before, but with far higher remuneration. Perugino was to
do the work in six months, was to receive one hundred gold ducats in
three payments, and, in lieu of the Mother of Mercy in the lunette, was
to paint a Pietà, and for that purpose--alas for the poor Priori--the
portraits in fresco by Celandro which filled the space allotted to the
Pietà were to be removed, broken up, and carted away. All, therefore,
that remains concerning these notable Priori of 1483 whose portraits
were to have been handed down to perpetuity, are their ten names
recorded by Mariotti, and the name of Rubino di Giacomo, their notary;
but of their portraits nothing is left.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_Vatican, Rome_

THE MADONNA ENTHRONED, WITH FOUR SAINTS]

Perugino at last set to work, and the beautiful altar-piece now in the
Vatican is the result. There is the Madonna and Child on the throne, and
near by there are the four great saints. The picture is exquisitely
beautiful, full of Perugino's special charm, and bearing marks of the
Piero della Francesca influence in the arches that support the canopy,
while below the feet of the Madonna, to make quite clear as to who
painted the picture, is the signature in somewhat remarkable form:

    HOC PETRUS DE CHASTRO PLEBIS PINXIT.

Inasmuch as consideration of this finished picture brings our
chronological survey up to 1495, it will be desirable for us to retrace
our steps to the time that Perugino spent in Florence.

Vasari records many works executed in that city, but his chronology is
so perplexing that it is difficult to say whether they were all executed
at the time to which we refer, or later in the artist's career.

Probably the frescoes in the Convent of the Frati-Gesuati beyond the
Pinti Gale, a house that was destroyed in the siege of Florence in 1529,
were early works, inasmuch as the panel pictures that were saved from
the church, and which now rest in the Accademia, were painted in
1492-93.

There were, however, as already mentioned, three pictures on panel
executed for the same convent, and these, fortunately, are still in
existence. They were carried, at the time of the siege, to the gate of
San Pier Gattolini, where the monks were provided with a refuge in the
church and convent of San Giovannino, now known as La Calza. These three
pictures are the "Crucifixion," now in La Calza, the "Pietà," in the
Accademia, dated 1493, and the "Christ in the Garden," also in the
Accademia. Of these three early pictures the one in La Calza is in some
ways the most interesting. It is a very puzzling picture. Vasari
describes it so clearly that there is no possibility of error as to the
picture he names. He speaks of the "infinite care" with which it is
executed. He refers to its being carried for safety to the church, where
it still rests, and he mentions its condition as injured by numerous
cracks, but the difficulty is that, while much of the picture is
distinctly Peruginesque, three of the figures might have been painted by
Luca Signorelli, so great a resemblance in general characteristics do
they bear to his work. Crowe and Cavalcaselle hesitate to ascribe it to
either master, inclining more to the view that Raffaelino del Garbo
may have painted it, but with this last ascription I cannot at all
agree. The composition is that of Perugino, the open air effect and the
distance, the single detached trees and the high rocks are all Umbrian.
The draperies of the four standing figures and of the Christ have the
distinctive folds that are so thoroughly characteristic of our painter,
and the borders to the garments are equally noteworthy. The attitude of
St. Francis and of S. Giovanni Columbini are thoroughly in accordance
with Perugino's methods, but when we turn to St. Jerome and St. John
Baptist the case is very different. In these figures the fierce strength
and muscular development is foreign to Perugino's ordinary work, and he
appears to have been painting under Signorelli's influence, and even
endeavouring to introduce into faces and limbs the virile power and
movement of Signorelli, which at that time was specially attractive to
him. The figure of the Magdalen (strangely termed by Crowe and
Cavalcaselle the best figure in the picture) is, I consider, a much
later addition by quite another hand. The picture composes perfectly
without it, and a very close inspection convinced me that it was not
originally in the design, and that the draperies of S. Giovanni
Columbini can be traced through the draperies of the Magdalen. In no way
does the Magdalen recall Perugino. The attitude is not his; the
draperies have entirely different folds; the hands are quite different
in their structure; and the hair is painted with entirely altered
technique.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_La Calza, Florence_

THE CRUCIFIXION]

I look upon this La Calza "Crucifixion" as one of the earliest, if not
the very first of Perugino's works in Florence that survives.

In the Accademia (two pictures) we are on quite different ground. Here
can be seen the hand of Perugino in every part and the wonderful power
of space composition can be realised to the full. The receding arches in
the "Pietà," bespeaking the influence of Piero della Francesca, the
exquisite landscape in the background, the curious aloofness of each
figure, and the delicate chain of sympathy that binds them all together,
the tender sorrowful face of the Madonna seated in the midst bearing on
her knees the dead body of her Son, all of Perugino's best.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_Accademia, Florence_

THE DEAD CHRIST]

The third picture, the "Christ in the Garden," is fuller still of the
genius of space composition. Far off are the hills that girdle the
landscape, and the eye is carried on from one to the other, each step
revealing new beauties, till in the extreme distance the sky and land
melt into one another. In the immediate foreground are the three
disciples sound asleep in the attitudes that convince you of heavy
slumber. In the centre of the picture is Our Lord kneeling on a hillock
deeply engaged in prayer, and above is an angel flying toward Him
bearing the chalice of sorrow. Below and still further removed from the
eye of the spectator are groups of soldiers on the one hand and of
priests and people on the other rapidly moving toward the central
figure. Their proportions are finely adjusted to their distance and
position, and there is an admirable sense of movement in all. Beyond
them are the distant town, the hills, the country, and above, with its
depth and arch and vastness, suggested in most subtle manner by the
light fleecy clouds and by the very curves of the angel's figure and the
movement of his wing rises the blue vault of the heaven.

[Illustration:

_Alinari Photo_] [_Accademia, Florence_

CHRIST IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE]

All the genius of Perugino exists in this picture. Later on there is a
greater sweetness in some of the faces, there are more figures, there is
a purer and more exquisitely sunny colouring, but in composition this
early work contains all the characteristics of the master.

These two must be attributed, however, to a later period than the
frescoes and La Calza picture already mentioned, which were for the same
convent, and in the interval between painting the frescoes for the
Gesuati and the La Calza picture and these two Accademia pictures,
Perugino had declined a commission at Orvieto, and had been to Rome and
painted there for Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere, afterwards Julius II.

Once more we must retrace our steps and tell the story of the Orvieto
contract.

It is unnecessary to refer to the work done in Orvieto Cathedral by
Beato Fra Angelico; but after his death the work remained unfinished,
and the authorities of the cathedral could not find anyone who was
prepared to complete the scheme of decoration and whose work appeared to
them worthy of its place. Forty-four years had passed away, and then
Perugino visited Orvieto. He was asked to examine the chapel and give a
price for its decoration. He did so; at 1500 gold ducats for the whole
chapel, provided that scaffolding, lime, gold, and ultramarine were
furnished to him. He agreed to use such subjects as were submitted to
him, and to personally execute the hands and faces of all the figures.
His offer was not accepted in its entirety; but a contract was made for
him to do the ceilings and spaces above the capitals for 200 gold
ducats, ten of which were paid him, on the understanding that he began
the work in April 1490 and continued it through the whole of the
following summer. Perugino, however, having secured the contract, was in
no hurry to fulfil it, and as the question was being discussed in
Florence as to the completion of the cathedral west front, he left
Orvieto, and hurried on to Florence to compete in the proposed work.

The work in Florence, however, did not come off, and Perugino proceeded
to Perugia and went on again to Rome. Here he commenced the work for his
patron Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere, almost all of which has since
perished, one notable picture only being left.

The artist seems to have dreaded lest the canons of Orvieto should
demand his presence in their cathedral, and it is clear that they made
strenuous efforts to lay hold of him.

The Cardinal, very desirous of retaining his services for himself,
protected the artist, and when the Orvieto authorities determined to
cancel the contract, he wrote to the Priori an exceedingly strong
letter, telling them to await the convenience of the artist and himself.
This letter of June 2, 1492, was in reply to one sent to Perugino
stating that the Priori would appoint some one else in his stead.

[Illustration:

_Anderson photo_] [_Villa Albani, Rome_

THE ALBANI ALTAR-PIECE, 1491]

The Cardinal reminded the authorities that they had promised, in reply
to a previous letter from Perugino, to wait a few months, and he adds:
"Now Maestro Pietro has stated that, contrary to your word, you intend
to substitute for him another painter who shall do your work. This is
indeed truly remarkable conduct. We laboured under the impression that
you were to be compliant as best suits the love we have ever borne to
your community. So we now again exhort and pray that you do reserve this
place, which is his due, to Maestro Pietro, and refrain from molesting
him for the short time during which he has to expedite our affairs."

The Orvietans had, however, meantime, been in correspondence with
Pinturicchio, but fearing to offend so great a dignitary as the
Cardinal, they retained the chapel of S. Brizio for Perugino, giving
Pinturicchio work in another part of the cathedral.

Perugino, however, never kept his promise, though it does not appear
whether he returned to the Priori of Orvieto, the ten ducats they had
advanced him, and eventually, as is well known, Luca Signorelli was
employed to decorate the chapel in question.

As already mentioned, but one picture remains of the work done for the
Cardinal at Rome. This is the wonderful altar-piece, dated 1491, now the
property of Prince Torlonia, and to be seen in the Villa Albani.

It is in six compartments, and is a most beautiful work, full of
brilliant colour. In the centre is "The Nativity," represented as having
taken place beneath a sort of temple with open sides, its roof resting
on a series of beautiful arches forming a centre and two aisles and
springing from square pillars with rich capitals.

The three divisions above contain the "Annunciation" and "Crucifixion."
On either side of the cross are St. John the Divine and the Virgin, and
at its foot kneels the Magdalen. If with this figure of Mary Magdalen
is compared the similar one in the La Calza picture the difference will
be apparent. There is a beauty and nobility of face and a grace of
posture wholly lacking in the La Calza picture, and the draperies, so
sure a mark of Perugino's hand, are here as true to his method as in the
Florence picture they are manifestly different. On one side of the
lunette is a panel representing the Virgin kneeling beneath the open
arcading of a temple, and on the opposite side a similar panel
containing the Archangel Gabriel.

The altar-piece is full of the influence of Piero della Francesca, the
fine drawing of the receding arches, the architectural details, the
marble of the pavement and the proportion of all the figures mark in
unmistakable form the teaching of the man of Arezzo, but beyond all this
there is that marvellous charm of open air and composition in depth that
is so marked in the best works of our Umbrian master. The lunette gives
Perugino at his best in this period, and the distance, with its rocks,
pools of water, cities, plains, and hills, is of fascinating beauty, and
fills the spectator with amazement. The whole picture is bathed in a
haze of golden colouring. The tones, in places almost jewel-like in
their transparent brilliancy, are tender and expressive, and there is a
serenity and quiet about the work that is quite wonderful and expressive
of complete peace and masterful resignation. The picture is signed:

    PETRVS DE PERVSIA PINXIT 1491.

Now for a while we return to Florence, picking up the threads that we
dropped a few pages back.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_Uffizi Palace, Florence_

THE FIESOLE ALTAR-PIECE, 1493]

In 1493 Perugino was balloted, so Orsini says, into the municipal
council at his native place, Città della Pieve, for May and June, and is
said to have served his time there, but in the same year he was painting
at Florence, and, according to Mariotti, had a botega in that city and
accepted many commissions. To this period belong two notable pictures,
one in Florence and the other in Vienna. The face of the Virgin in each
picture is identical, and the infant Christ in each is painted from the
same model. The picture in the Uffizi was painted for San Domenico in
Fiesole, and was the second altar-piece Perugino did for that church,
the first, painted in 1488, having disappeared.

It represents the Virgin on a throne bearing the infant Christ on her
knees. On one side stands St. Sebastian (to whom reference will be made
later on) and on the other, St. John the Baptist. The group stands under
the vaulted arching resting on square pillars, of which Perugino was so
fond. In the distance is the customary landscape. The picture is signed:

    PETRVS PERVSINVS PINXIT AN 1493.

The other work is at Vienna, and bears an inscription denoting the name
of the priest who commissioned its execution.

The Blessed Virgin is on a throne in this picture also, but the group is
enclosed by high stone walls only open to the sky. On one side stand St.
John the Baptist and St. Paul, on the other, St. Jerome and St. Peter.
The St. Jerome is the same face as appears in the Albani altar-piece of
1491, and the curious long white beard which he wears, and which hangs
in two divisions, will be noticed many times in later works notably at
Trevi and Montefalco, and constitutes a mark of Perugino's own
handiwork.


FOOTNOTES:

[G] In 1491 the incomplete picture begun by Galeotto turned up. It had
been at his father's house, and quite overlooked; but in that year the
heirs of Galeotto's father found it and sent it to the Priori, together
with a number of colours that had been prepared for it. For three years
the incomplete picture stood in the Priori's room, silently reminding
them of Galeotto; but no further progress in the negotiation was made
till 1495.



CHAPTER III

TECHNIQUE : PIGMENTS : VEHICLES


We now come to the year 1494; but before dealing _seriatim_ with the
pictures painted at that time it will be well to refer briefly to a
question of technique. Crowe and Cavalcaselle make a definite statement
to which I can give no adherence. They speak of Pietro's work changing
from tempera to oil work, and they allude to his inability at this time
to use the new medium in all its complexity, and later on to his
complete mastery over oil-painting and his constant use of it. Mr.
Herbert Horne, on the other hand, states with an equal assurance that
"all Perugino's pictures were painted in tempera on a gesso
background,"[H] and I find it as difficult to accept this statement as
that of Crowe and Cavalcaselle as a sufficient explanation of the
question.

It is quite clear to a careful observer that the technique of the Albani
picture differs from that of the triptych in the National Gallery, for
example; but the difficulty is then only stated. It is an extremely
puzzling question to determine from an old master painting whether it
was painted in tempera or not. Even Ruskin once admitted that he had for
a long time been holding up for admiration as the finest oil-painting
what he finally discovered to be tempera. The repeated oiling and
varnishing to which Italian pictures have been submitted renders the
task of discriminating the original medium one of the greatest
perplexity. When to this is added the further statement that in some
pictures it would appear that the under-painting which gives the shadows
is in tempera and the glazes in oil colour, the danger of making such
dogmatic statements as those already mentioned, is still more apparent.

The information which we possess as to tempera painting in the
fourteenth century is derived from the "Trattato" of Cennino Cennini,
and this has just been re-translated by the one person in England, who,
more than anyone else has practised and understands tempera work. Mrs.
Herringham, who has for years worked in tempera and copied the
Quatrocento pictures in the National Gallery, has discussed this
abstruse question, and to her knowledge, derived both from personal
conversation and from her invaluable book,[I] I have obtained much
information, and have coupled it with close personal examination of the
pictures, and some interesting experiments. I think, in considering
tempera painting, one factor, that of climate, has not always received
sufficient attention. Mr. Spencer Stanhope has expressed to Mrs.
Herringham that tempera never dries completely in this country, and
should not be varnished, but that has not been her experience. It,
however, expresses in crude statement, the difficulty there is in this
moist climate in using tempera satisfactorily, and there is little doubt
that part of the success of Italian tempera work is due to the climate
in which the artists worked. It is quite clear from Mrs. Herringham's
work, that tempera painting, by which I mean strictly yolk-of-egg
painting, is capable of the soft transparent effects which are to be
seen in Perugino's pictures, and that no admixture of another vehicle
with the egg is needful. It is not, however, clear whether the _whole_
of many of his pictures were painted with yolk of egg alone.

I was in hopes at one time that a careful study of cracking and a
comparison of the shape and formation of the cracks on different
pictures would give me some definite formulæ by which the medium used
could be detected, but a very careful examination only gave inadequate
results. There appear to be certain thick ridge-like formations in the
darker colours especially at the very edges of the draperies, which it
is very difficult to imitate in tempera, and while the landscape is most
clearly put in quite lightly in tempera, yet the draperies are so
different in handling as to give the impression that another medium was
used for them. There is also a curious variety in Perugino's pictures as
to hatching, especially after 1500, and the hatching which till then
only appears in the flesh, is later on to be seen in other parts of the
picture. Blending of one colour with another is also to be seen in some
of the later pictures to an extent that the earlier pictures never show,
as with pure tempera painting the paint "cannot be moved and blended as
in oil work," but "it must be put on and left alone till it is dry." I
do not pretend to have touched more than the fringe of this subject, but
my opinion is that Perugino did many of his pictures wholly in tempera,
and that with others he used tempera for the under-painting and oil for
the glazes, and that there are also pictures where size has been used as
a medium for the draperies when great solidity and heavy cordy outline
was desired. The question of oil colours cannot be dismissed in a
sentence. Perugino probably learned a good deal as to the use of colours
from the Gesuati, who were, as Vasari informs us, well practised in the
art of colours, and conversant with glass-painting and enamel work, but
the mystery remains as to how it is that the very fugitive colours he
used have stood and remained as brilliant as ever.

For his Cantor Lectures in 1892,[J] Dr. A. P. Laurie carried out some
remarkable experiments with certain fugitive colours and certain oils
and balsams, with a view to ascertaining whether any oil varnishes were
impervious to moisture, and securely locked up the colours against
change. Some of these experiments I have repeated, and I have had some
interesting conversation with Dr. Laurie, and I agree with him
absolutely that the only vehicles which lock up the colours against
moisture and against the action of sulphuretted hydrogen are those
composed of balsams. The stickiness of colour ground in balsam to which
he alludes can, I have ascertained, be overcome by a few drops of pure
linseed oil and a morsel of wax, and the result can then be used easily
with a brush. Experimenting with the balsams of the larch and of the
silver fir, I have been able to protect verdigris, orpiment, and kermes
lake securely, and the experiments have been mainly conducted with
verdigris and orpiment as notoriously fugitive colours and yet colours
which it is quite clear Perugino used.

It may be well perhaps to allude here to Vasari's story respecting the
artist's use of ultramarine. The colour was so costly that in several of
his contracts Perugino expressly stated that his patron was to provide
it, and Vasari states that when he was painting in the cloister of the
Ingesuati, the Prior, who himself prepared and supplied the ultramarine,
was mean and mistrustful as to Perugino's use of it, and would always be
present when it was used. The artist took the Prior's distrust to heart,
and by constantly washing his brush in a bowl of water allowed more
colour to be precipitated than he was using in his fresco. Having
punished the Prior in this way, he gathered up the blue from the water
and returned it to him with the words, "This belongs to you, father;
Learn to trust honest men, for such never deceive those who confide in
them, although they well know how to circumvent distrustful persons like
yourself when they desire to do so." Pliny records a singular story
about vermilion. Perugino's skies were painted with this colour, and put
on very thinly, and they have a peculiar formation of cracking which is
quite recognisable.

As regards grounds, I believe that all Perugino's panel pictures are
upon gesso laid upon panel, but in many of them it seems to me that
linen has been used between the panel and the gesso as if to bind them
together. Verdigris is, I believe, the only colour that will produce
some of Perugino's greens, and, as far as I have experimented, the
balsams, as Venice turpentine and olio d' abezzo, are the only varnishes
that protect it unchanged against the action of sulphuretted hydrogen
and moisture.

These few statements as to technique are only suggestive. I am not a
chemist, and the subject demands prolonged experiments in a laboratory;
and such experiments should result in most interesting discoveries.
Resta calls Perugino's colouring dry and sparing; Lanzi alludes to what
he terms its skimpiness, but the very thinness of it is but proof of the
artist's complete mastery of his medium, and that this medium was always
mainly tempera, and was never what we know as oil painting is my
distinct opinion, based upon an examination of almost every one of his
works in Italy.


FOOTNOTES:

[H] _Magazine of Art_, April 1899.

[I] "The Book of the Art of Cennino Cennini" (Geo. Allen), 1889.

[J] "The Pigments and Vehicles of the Old Masters." Society of Arts,
1892.



CHAPTER IV

WANDERINGS


Crowe and Cavalcaselle, in speaking of the beautiful picture at Cremona
dated 1494, refer to it as executed in Florence and sent to Cremona, but
there are grave reasons against accepting this statement. It is quite
clear that in that year Perugino was in Venice,[K] and it is more
natural to believe that he painted the picture in Cremona itself. The
picture is one of great beauty, but is singularly unlike most of the
painter's other creations in a sturdy robustness of pose and
countenance, both in the Madonna and in the Child, unlike the calm and
slightly insipid composure of other works. This characteristic may
perhaps be attributed to the recent influence of the works of Giovanni
Bellini and Antonello da Messina.

The picture represents the Blessed Virgin and Child on a throne, while
St. James is on one side, St. Augustine on the other of the central
figures. It is signed 1494, and still hangs in St. Augustine's Church,
Cremona, on the altar of the Roncadelli family.

In 1496 the Duke Il Moro of Milan was anxious to obtain the services of
another painter for the rooms at the Castello, and he wrote to his envoy
in Florence for information. The envoy replied, giving to the Duke
information as to the leading characteristics of each of the greater
Florentine artists. Of Perugino he wrote: "He is a rare and singular
artist, most excellent in wall painting. His faces have an air of the
most angelic sweetness." The Duke Lorenzo at once decided to employ
Perugino, and wrote to his friend Guido Arcimboldo, Archbishop of Milan,
who was then in Venice, begging him to inquire about Perugino, and, if
possible, engage him. The Archbishop replied on June 14th to say that
Perugino had left Venice. Unable to secure his services himself at that
time, the Duke recommended Perugino to the monks of the Certosa at
Pavia, and commissioned a great altar-piece from him. Accordingly, in
October 1496, we hear of Perugino being at Pavia working at the
altar-piece. In the following year, 1497, Il Moro again tried to secure
the services of Perugino for the Castello, and wrote to one of the
Baglioni, who at that time ruled over Perugia, begging him to send
Perugino to him; but the artist was then at work in Perugia, and so full
of commissions that he declined Il Moro's offer, and never went to the
Castello.

The two years, 1494 and 1495, saw the completion of the altar-piece for
the Magistrates' Chapel in Perugia--now in the Vatican Gallery and
already mentioned,--the great "Entombment" in the Pitti Palace, the
"Ascension" altar-piece for San Pietro, Perugia, the portrait of
Francesco delle Opere in the Uffizi, and the commencement of the
greatest work of all, which was finished in 1496, the "Crucifixion" at
Sta. Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_Uffizi Palace, Florence_

PORTRAIT OF FRANCESCO DELLE OPERE, 1494]

The "Ascension" altar-piece is the first one that we have to consider
of that group of Perugino's altar-pieces which have been divided, the
component parts being scattered throughout Europe. To this division and
scattering fuller attention is given in the next chapter, and it will
suffice here to state that the centre part is at Lyons, the lunette at
St. Gervais, Paris, the predella in three panels at Rouen, and the
surrounding saints divided, three in the Vatican Gallery and five in the
church of S. Pietro, where at one time the complete work rested. The
picture at Borgo San Sepolcro is usually spoken of as a replica of the
centre piece of this great picture, but I am strongly disposed to take
an opposite view of the case.

Vasari records the painting of the Borgo picture, which was, he says,
"executed for the Abbot Simone de' Graziani and transported to the
church of San Gilio at Borgo on the backs of porters at very heavy
cost." He also records the painting of the picture for S. Pietro, naming
it almost at the close of his biographical notes on the artist; and of
this picture he says: "The whole of it is replete with evidences of
thought and care, insomuch that it is one of the best paintings in oil
executed by Pietro in Perugia." It is quite impossible to accept the
chronology Vasari gives, as he mixes up dates in the most hopeless
confusion; but in this instance I think he is right in putting the Borgo
picture before the Lyons one rather than _vice versâ_.

The picture at Borgo is in bad condition: the one at Lyons has been
transferred to canvas and very much repainted, and still shows signs of
two vertical splits in the panel; but, despite all these injuries, the
Borgo picture is, I consider, the finer of the two, and the Lyons one,
although by the same hand, a later and more careless replica.

In the Borgo picture the Virgin is in religious garb and has the head
covered: in the Lyons picture there is a more secular garb, the head
uncovered and short hair to be seen. In the Borgo picture the angels
carry loosely looped narrow ribbon carefully and gracefully drawn: the
ribbon in the Lyons picture is broader, more coarsely painted, lettered
throughout, and falling in awkward folds. The wings of the cherubs in
the mandorla at Borgo are painted with exquisite detail, every little
scale and feather being carefully represented; these details are almost
entirely absent in the Lyons picture, where the wings of the cherubs
appear to be hurriedly painted and lacking altogether in finish. There
is far greater sweetness in the faces at Borgo, especially those of the
Redeemer, the Virgin, St. Peter, and St. Paul, than at Lyons, where all
these four important faces are roughly and even coarsely delineated. In
some of the attendant disciples, the hair, which at Borgo is daintily
painted in, and flows in slightly ringletted form, hangs loosely at
Lyons and is of a harsher texture, and the wonderful trees sharply
delineated against the sky and full of exquisite foliage at Borgo, are
hardly to be seen at Lyons, and are represented by half-a-dozen dwarfish
shrubs.

The mandorla in the Borgo picture is a deep luminous band of mysterious
colour, out of which, and against the light fleecy clouds, rise the
cherub faces: at Lyons it is a flat band of heavy colour, the clouds
are woolly and thick, and the cherub faces, instead of rising from the
wondrous depth, lay superimposed upon the mandorla as upon a piece of
board.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_Borgo San Sepolcro_

THE ASCENSION OF CHRIST]

I am strongly of opinion that the Borgo picture was the original work,
the Lyons one, for which he contracted to the monks of Cassino, March
6th, 1495, being either a somewhat hurried replica of it in which the
master grew tired of the monotony of repetition, or else that it was a
picture in which a certain amount of labour was left to assistants and
pupils. There is an important study for three apostles, in the Uffizi,
which was clearly prepared for the Borgo picture and not for the Lyons
one, as, while closely resembling the former, it differs from the latter
in one or two important details. This is not the accepted theory, I
know, and it is one that will probably not meet with universal
acceptance, but a careful comparison of the pictures leads me to a clear
opinion in the matter. With regard to the pilaster saints the case is
different. Those at the Vatican are all genuine work of the master and
are extremely fine, and the same may be said of three of the five at
Perugia, but two of them are not entirely Perugino's work, and bear
traces of a pupil's hand. The three predella pictures on the other hand,
which are at Rouen, are charming examples of the master's work, and are
bathed in that wonderful golden sunlight which is so distinctive of his
finest work. In each picture a strip of the foreground which was damaged
in transit has had to be restored: in the "Adoration" it is the very
slightest bit along the front of the whole picture; in the
"Resurrection" it is a wider piece, embracing part of the feet of three
of the sleeping soldiers and the edge of the stone slab on which the
tomb rests; but in the third picture, the "Baptism," the damage is
serious, as the foreground strip includes the feet of Our Lord and one
foot of the Baptist. In all other respects these three panels are
exquisite specimens of Perugino's fine and discriminative work.

With respect to the lunette it must be noted that Crowe and Cavalcaselle
and many other writers are in error in stating that it hangs in St.
Germain l'Auxerrois in Paris, whereas it is in St. Gervais, a very
different church. It is not in good condition, having suffered much from
cleaning and repair, and it has a horizontal split which nearly divides
it into two pieces. It is nevertheless clearly discernible as a fine
work from the master's hand. There is neither predella nor lunette at
Borgo S. Sepolcro. There is no question as to the date of the S. Pietro
altar-piece, as the original contract for painting it is still in
existence and appears in full in Orsini.[L] It is dated 8th March 1496,
and recites how the abbot and chapter of the monastery gave out on
contract to Perugino the picture of the High Altar for the price of 500
gold ducats. The Borgo picture was therefore, I contend, a little
earlier, but perhaps only a year in advance of the other. The picture of
Francesco delle Opere belongs to this same period, but as in the chapter
on the Cambio it will be further discussed, it may well be passed with
brief mention at this place. Finally, as part of the work of these two
prolific years, comes one of our artist's masterpieces, the
"Entombment," now in the Pitti Palace. Space composition is seen in
this picture in its full vigour. How quiet is the atmosphere of the
scene, how reverent and tender a mood it creates. How vast is the space
in which the episode is placed, and how marvellously is the sense of
immeasurable distance produced.

[Illustration:

_Brogi photo_] [_Pitti Palace, Florence_

THE ENTOMBMENT OF CHRIST, 1495]

The picture is one of the most beautiful that Perugino ever painted. The
composition is very clever, well balanced and well grouped, while the
faces are of a serene beauty that was never surpassed in later works. It
is well to notice that the dead body of Our Lord retains much of the
flexibility of life, while quite as clearly is seen the weight and the
looseness of death. The mourners around are full of tender pity, while
the grief of the Virgin is too great for words, and evinces itself in
the look of deep affection that fills that wonderful face. Each figure
is, however, distinct, self-centred, and enfolded in its own grief. It
is only the fact that each one is thinking of the great central figure
that gives to the picture, as a whole, any real completeness. It is a
sober, thoughtful composition, full of sentiment, but lacking any of the
strong moving force that other schools gave to a similar representation,
and, although the forerunner of Fra Bartolommeo's greater work, it has
none of the intensity that his more emotional nature could present.

Some delightful studies for this picture appear in the Uffizi, marked by
most careful study. The clenched hands of one of the two persons who
stand close to Nicodemus are very noteworthy. The action is so
expressive of intense, but restrained sorrow, and the drawing of the
fine, delicate, but muscular hands, is particularly excellent. In the
studies the richly-ornamented cap of the youth in the group does not
appear. The cap in the drawing is quite plain, and the face, which in
the picture is very expressive, is hard and uninteresting. Another large
pen drawing for this picture exists, and is in Christ Church, Oxford. By
some critics it is not accepted as a work of Perugino's. It is ascribed
to one of his pupils, or to a later man altogether, especially because
several of the faces are hard and unimpressive. Let, however, the
drapery be closely examined, and the curious formation with dark hollows
and oval curves will be recognised at once. The large projecting great
toe, and the manner in which it sets away from the other toes, leaving a
clear space between it and them, is noticeable, while the limp
flexibility of the bare flesh of the Christ is also an important
criterion in deciding on the origin of the drawing. To me it appears as
a thoroughly genuine work, marking out the general grouping of the
picture. The positions of Nicodemus, Mary Cleophas, and the youth,
underwent some slight changes, and the other figures near to Nicodemus
were introduced, but the picture preserves very closely the original
suggestions of the drawing.

The finished picture was executed for the nuns of Santa Chiara, but when
they had obtained it, so highly was it admired, that Vasari records that
a rich Florentine, Francesco del Pugliese, offered them three times the
price that they had paid for it, as well as a replica from the master's
own hand, but the tempting offer was declined, as Pietro had told them
that he did not think he could equal the one they possessed.


FOOTNOTES:

[K] _Vide_ Gaye ii. 69; and Morelli [1883], 287.

[L] Orsini, "Vita dell' egregio pittore Pietro Perugino," 1804, 140.



CHAPTER V

THE STORY OF THE PILLAGE


There are two noteworthy circumstances that affect the biographer of
Perugino. On the one hand is the fact that so many of his pictures are
dated, and hence along the story of his life stand out clearly defined
certain pieces of definite evidence, marking his progress and his years.
On the other hand is the opposing circumstance that most of his
altar-pieces have been taken to pieces, removed from their original
home, and scattered in all directions throughout Europe, so much so that
the task of reconstructing the most important, that of S. Agostino, is
one of serious difficulty.

This scattering has enormously increased the troubles of the biographer,
obliging him to journey from Paris to Marseilles, from Grenoble to
Bordeaux, from Strassburg to Tarbes in order to inspect all the parts of
even one picture, and even in Perugia itself renders it almost
impossible to speak definitely of the history of certain altar-pieces.

It is from the French occupation of Italy that all these difficulties
result. There was a time prior to 1796 when Perugia was very rich with
the works of her adopted son Pietro Perugino. At that time almost every
church possessed pictures by the master; the altar-piece painted in 1495
for the magistrates' chapel was still _in situ_, and the public
buildings in the city were possessed of rich decoration, the work of
that artist whom Perugia had delighted to honour and employ.

After the armistice of Bologna had been signed in 1796, French
commissioners were sent through Italy to demand and select pictures and
other works of art which Napoleon required as spoil from his defeated
enemies.

Perugia, as a city rich in art treasures, suffered greatly. The treaty
of Tolentino (1797) demanded urgency, and, without any delay, a
commissioner, Tinet by name, descended upon Perugia, and, on the very
day on which the treaty was signed, addressed a letter to the Priori,
demanding in the name of the Republic leave of entry into all churches,
monasteries, and public places, in order to select such objects as he
thought were worthy of transmission to Paris. He did not confine himself
to an arrangement that had been made in the previous July, that Perugia
was to furnish three pictures as its ransom, but demanded free right to
take what he pleased. His orders were too pressing to be eluded, and the
Priori had no course but to obey. The pillage commenced on the 20th, and
lasted for two days, but Tinet was not satisfied. He had a strong
impression that many of the best things were hidden from him, and so in
even more emphatic terms he demanded that the superiors of St. Augustine
and St. Antoine, and the librarians of the religious orders and of the
town should give him access in order that he might select their greatest
treasures and whatever he thought worthy of adorning the museums of the
great republic. Meantime, secretly by night, with urgent haste, the
treasures of the religious houses were being hidden away. The
altar-pieces were divided and the smaller portions, pictures from the
predelle, and panels of attendant saints were carried to private houses,
hidden under floors and behind panelling, and secreted in every possible
way. Reliquaries and monstrances were in wells, and railings and iron
grilles covered over with grease and dirt in order to hide them from the
covetous gaze of the commissioner.

Tinet was, however, unfortunately, a very determined man, and a
connoisseur to boot, and in the two days' search, he had obtained the
chief treasures in Perugia. It appeared at one time as though that
notable picture, the altar-piece in the Magistrates' Chapel, painted in
1495, would be overlooked, but he remembered it at the very last moment
and it was included. To add insult to injury, the Perugians were ordered
to pack and transmit their treasures, but every possible effort was made
to delay the work and prevent their being sent off. Much correspondence
ensued, and the Priori did their utmost to raise difficulties, but all
was to no purpose, and on March 27th six carriages drawn by twenty-four
oxen and attended by six peasants, quitted Perugia amid the tears and
lamentations of the people, carrying with them the greatest treasures of
the city, never to be seen again within its walls. The very magnificent
proportions of many of Perugino's pictures rendered it impossible for
them to be concealed, their predella pictures and pilaster saints were
in some instances safe, but the central panels it was impossible to
guard, and in the thirty-two pictures carried off to Paris, there were
included twelve of the greatest of the master's works, and also the
famous "Sposalizio" from the chapel of the Anello, and the "Palladium"
of the city, the altar-piece from the Magistrates' Chapel. Drawn by the
great white Umbrian oxen, and slowly journeying across Europe, these
heavily-laden vans took their way, and the pictures that for three
hundred years had been objects of devotion and delight to the good
people of Perugia, and were cruelly torn from their resting places, went
to swell the vanity of the terrible conqueror in Paris.

Still, however, Perugia now so poor in her master's works, was too rich
for envious eyes. The peace of Vienna had been signed, there was a pause
in the warfare in Europe prior to the invasion of Russia in 1812, and
some attention was given to internal affairs. On the 25th of February
1811 appeared an Imperial decree, requiring that the treasures in the
department of the Trasimène (as the district under its new French rulers
was styled) should be brought together in order to ornament the picture
galleries that Napoleon had erected. With cruel irony the decree stated
that, doubtless, the people of Perugia would rejoice that their pictures
were deemed worthy to ornament the galleries of Paris.

Napoleon himself had a great admiration for the works of Perugino, and
the pictures he owned by the master made him desirous of possessing
more; and as with the conqueror to desire was to obtain, he immediately
issued this decree regardless of the feelings of his newly conquered
subjects. The Count de Champagny, who was the minister charged with the
execution of the decree, passed on to Count Daru, his subordinate in the
"French" city of Rome, a list of pictures that had been prepared by
Baron Denon, the director of the gallery, who had passed his youth in
Italy, and being a great connoisseur, had an excellent memory of what
fine Italian pictures were left in the plundered city.

Count Daru was to pass on the list to Baron Roederer, Prefect of the
Trasimène, who on his part was to see that the Sub-Prefect Spada gave
every assistance to one, Tofanelli, who was to select and transmit the
pictures.

Tofanelli arrived in Perugia September 30th, 1812, and one day sufficed
for him to make his selection. Forty-eight pictures were selected, and
packed in cases ready for transmission, an agreement entered into
between him and the town, signed by himself and countersigned by the
mayor, and a contract sealed between him and Signor Franceschini for
removing the pictures to Rome, and then Tofanelli hurried off back to
Rome. The pictures were to be sent immediately, but upon Tofanelli's
departure, a long series of delays and negotiations commenced, suggested
and arranged by the mayor in order to save the pictures. This worthy
man, Cesarei, deserves better recognition to-day in Perugia. He worked
valiantly for the city, and now his name is nearly forgotten. While
Tofanelli was in Perugia, he dissembled his feelings, aided the
commissioner, signed any papers that were presented to him, had the
pictures packed, and gaily saluted Tofanelli as he left the city; but
once the commissioner had gone, he determined to do his very utmost to
prevent the forty-eight pictures gathered from the shrines of his city
leaving its gates. He appealed to the bishop and to the government, he
worried the prefect and the sub-prefect, and eventually obtained a
promise that those pictures which were specially dear as objects before
which the Perugians paid their devotions might be retained. Forthwith
the cases were opened, and these pictures replaced in their original
positions, to the great joy of the people.

Hardly had this been done than the permission was countermanded. The
mayor was regretting that he had asked for so little, and that the
pictures in the sacristies and corridors of the monasteries would not be
grouped with those taken from the churches. He was explaining that all
the pictures were equally dear to the Perugians, when again an order
arrived to send on all the pictures. Once more the mayor dissembled. He
promised to send the cases as soon as he could obtain carriages, but at
the same time wrote, to the Count Daru, to the Director of the Police in
Rome, and to the Count Baglioni Oddi, one of the deputies in Paris,
invoking the interests of religion and of art of the province and of the
capital to save his beloved pictures. Again he won a temporary success.
On August 26th an order arrived from headquarters, permitting Perugia to
retain twenty out of the forty-eight pictures chosen by Tofanelli. Once
more there was rejoicing, but again came disaster. Count Daru
intervened, every concession was overturned, and a fresh order from even
higher authorities reached the mayor, ordering him to send on without
delay to the Capitol at Rome, every picture selected by Tofanelli. These
instructions the mayor stated he could not understand. He wrote on
November 16, stating that, of course, this last order did not include
the pictures just given back to Perugia, and appealing to Baron
Roederer for consideration, adding as a reason that he could not be
responsible for the people should the pictures that they cherished be
taken away.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_Vatican, Rome_

SAINT BENEDICT]

To this appeal Roederer turned a deaf ear. He wrote on December 4, again
on December 8, and again on December 13, stating that it was impossible
to admit any reasons, and he must demand that all the pictures be sent
at once. The mayor, indefatigable as ever, wrote again and again, raised
all kinds of difficulties, continued to warn the authorities that the
people would make a tumult, and that he could not be responsible for
their tranquillity, and finally sent letters from the clergy of San
Severo and San Costanzo supporting his statements.

All was of no avail. On November 6th, 1813, final definite orders
arrived, and the precious cases had to be sent to Rome.

A few more days' delay would have saved the pictures, as at the moment
that the cases reached Rome the Neapolitans under Murat entered the
city, and French dominion in Rome was at an end. Even then the irony of
circumstance continued, for, when, on January 6th, 1814, the pictures
arrived in Paris, the allied forces arrived also, and Baron Denon was
ordered to restore to their lawful proprietors the pictures that had
been stolen.

The most unfortunate part of the story has now to be told. Instead of
forcing France to restore the booty at her own cost and at once, the
allies, in more merciful mood, simply demanded that she should send for
the Italian representatives and permit them to take away their
property. Only ten days were allowed in Paris for the booty to be
secured, packed, and transmitted, and, as envoys arrived from all parts
of Italy, and each was eager to obtain what he could as quickly as
possible, very many pictures were left behind. The pictures sent to
Paris in 1797 had been more in number than could be accommodated in the
gallery, and, as it is so easy to give away other people's property, the
government had distributed as marks of favour and bribes for
tranquillity many of the best Italian pictures amongst the provincial
museums in France. Many of these pictures Canova, who was sent by the
Holy See, failed to trace; others it was impossible to obtain, as,
although the allies were in possession of Paris, they were not equally
masters of the distant provinces in France, and, consequently, in France
these pictures remained. Even of those twenty-one pictures stolen from
Perugia in 1812 but two were returned to Italy, and those only got as
far as Rome.

Englishmen may well feel proud of their part in this transaction. It was
the firmness of the British Government[M] that enabled the Vatican
Gallery to take its position as one of the great picture galleries of
the world. They not only enforced the restitution by the French of the
plunder accumulated in the Louvre by the rapacious arms of Napoleon, but
even contributed some £30,000 to defray the expenses of the removal,
which the finances of Pius VII. could ill afford, no other allied power
contributing one farthing.

Canova gathered up, in the short time at his disposal, and with the
limited means that he possessed, all the fine pictures that he could
obtain, and the treasures now in Rome are the proof of his zeal and
exertions.

Meantime the Priori of Perugia waited for two years, hoping against hope
that their treasures might come back to them. At length, in September
1816, they wrote to Canova, and he replied to them on the 20th. His
letter explained how encompassed with difficulty he had been in Paris,
how short a time had been allowed him in which to remove the pictures,
how small were the means at his disposal, how scattered were the
pictures, and how impossible it was, without force of arms to travel
from department to department and take possession of the property.

With regard to one notable picture about which the Perugians were
specially anxious, the "Ascension," from San Pietro, he explained that
the people of Lyons had appealed to the Pope for permission to retain
it. They set forth their attachment to the Holy See, their zeal for the
Chief Pontiff, and the singular affection which they had manifested
toward His Holiness whenever he passed by Lyons. Their petition received
attention, and the cardinal secretary wrote, on November 13th, 1816, an
authorisation to the city of Lyons to retain the picture which had been
so disgracefully torn from its resting-place in Perugia.

Canova was evidently as anxious as were the Perugians to obtain back all
the pictures; but events were too strong for him, and the poor Perugians
never again possessed the great treasures of art which, prior to 1797,
made their city one of the richest in Italy.

Cesarei, the indefatigable mayor of Perugia, who had been appointed
_gonfaloniere_ year after year in order to obtain restitution of the
pictures, did not give up hope of obtaining his end for some years. He
tried hard to obtain the two pictures which English generosity had
restored to Italy, and he worried the Holy See with repeated letters and
appeals.

At length Cardinal Consalvi, on October 8th, 1817, closed the whole
episode by a letter to Cesarei. He explained that the pictures were all
presented by the allied forces to the Sovereign Pontiff as the Head of
the Pontifical states from which they had been taken, and that they were
exposed in Rome for the education of the students who came from all over
Europe to study in the Queen of Cities. In consequence, the Papal
Government had the right, the Cardinal continued, to retain the
pictures.

It may be added that, even if the Holy See had not the right to retain
the pictures, it had too much business on hand at that time to be able
to give attention to works of art, and insufficient money in its
depleted treasury to pay for their removal.

Such is the story, with all its mournful details, of the pillage of
Perugia, and it will now be easily understood why the provincial museums
of France are so rich in the works of this master.

To reconstruct the great altar-piece of St. Agostino means that visits
must be made to Lyons, Grenoble, Toulouse, Nantes, and Perugia. For
another altar-piece it is necessary to visit Rouen, Lyons, Perugia,
Rome, and Paris; while yet other pictures are at Caen, Nancy, Tarbes,
Bordeaux, Strassburg, Marseilles, Lille, and Chantilly.

The scattering is not now wholly confined to France, for pictures at one
time in France are now at Altenburg, Frankfort, Vienna, and St.
Petersburg, while odd pieces of these self-same pictures remain to-day
in Perugia.


FOOTNOTES:

[M] Murray, 1899, 253.



CHAPTER VI

IN FULL STRENGTH


In the early spring of the year 1496 Perugino was in Venice, but in the
autumn back in Florence and in Perugia, although possibly the winter saw
him in Bologna. In 1497 he was in Florence, in Perugia, and in Fano. In
1498 he was in Florence, and then again at Fano.

The proof that Perugino was in Florence in 1496 consists in the document
quoted by Morelli recording the purchase of certain land in Florence
with a view to a permanent residence in the city.

To this year Morelli attributes the "Sposalizio" from the chapel of the
Anello at Perugia, which is now at Caen. Vasari states that "for the
altar of the Sacrament where the ring with which the Virgin Mary was
espoused is preserved, this master painted an altar-piece representing
the Marriage of Our Lady." Mariotti quotes Vasari, and on his evidence
gives the picture to him, and every succeeding writer, including Crowe
and Cavalcaselle, and Morelli, continues the ascription.

What is quite clear is that the company of St. Guiseppe received, as
Mariotti records, the grant of a subsidy for an altar-piece; but
Professor Adam Rossi states that up to November 1500 the picture had not
been commenced. To 1500, therefore, Crowe attributes this picture,
Morelli putting it earlier, in 1496. On these attributions a theory has
been built up that Raphael in his "Sposalizio" (painted in 1503 or 1504)
took as his _motif_ the picture painted by his master Perugino, and
improved considerably on the original conception. Crowe and Cavalcaselle
in their inspection of the picture refer to its most striking quality,
"its bright colouring," and qualify their praise by stating that "the
tones have not the glow" of the master's usual work, and that "the forms
are less pliant than of old." It is exactly these features that first
attract the spectator and which, I must confess, puzzled me very
considerably.

A little closer examination revealed the strange inequality in the
surface of the picture, the stringiness and lumpiness of the draperies
and the streaky character of the background. Much of my perplexity,
however, ought not to have existed, inasmuch as in the _Gazette des
Beaux Arts_, April 1896, Mr. Berenson had carefully examined the whole
question, and ascribed the picture not to Perugino at all, nor to an
earlier period than the Raphael "Sposalizio," but to the hand of Lo
Spagna, and since 1504. With his opinion, although contrary to the
accepted judgment, I am in the fullest accord, and I think that Vasari,
going only upon hearsay, and with probably only a casual glance at the
picture, if ever he saw it at all, makes a grave mistake when he
attributes it to Pietro. Mr. Berenson examines all the evidence pro and
con with his usual ability, and produces, in my opinion, overwhelming
proof of his attribution. He compares the "Sposalizio" with the pictures
by Lo Spagna in other places, the "Virgin and Child" at Perugia, the
"Nativity" and the "Madonna and Child" at the Louvre, and the
"Coronation of the Virgin," Lo Spagna's greatest work (dated 1511), and
preserved at Todi.

He points out that several of the faces in these pictures are identical
with faces at Caen, notably the face of the Virgin, which in every way,
even in position, is the counterpart of the one in the "Nativity" in
Paris. He finds the face of St. Joseph in more than one of Spagna's
pictures, and especially he refers to a figure in the Caen picture, the
fourth to the right, a woman wearing a hood, which never once appears in
any work of Perugino's, but which does appear, line for line, not only
in the Todi "Coronation," but in another of Spagna's pictures. Other
points of close resemblance are to be found in the drawing of the ears,
which are totally different to those of Perugino's figures; in the
hands, which are broad and heavy in the Caen picture and in Lo Spagna's
usual work, but fine and delicate in Perugino's; and especially in the
colouring, certain special tints such as a chartreuse-green and
rose-salmon appearing in the Caen and Todi pictures, and never once to
be found in Perugino's accepted work.

One very instructive set of arguments Mr. Berenson draws from a close
examination of Raphael's "Sposalizio" at Milan. Its shape is upright.
Perugino always represented the scene in a long, narrow panel, the
position of the Virgin and St. Joseph, and of the branch carried by St.
Joseph, are entirely antithetical to the Umbrian fashion, while,
curiously enough, Lorenzo Costa, who was probably a fellow-pupil of
Raphael's, under the influence of Timoteo Vite, painted in about 1504 or
1505 a "Sposalizio," upright as is this one, at Caen, and agreeing with
it in many other ways. A masterly piece of reasoning shows that
Raphael's work is of the Ferrarese school and not of the Umbrian, and
that instead of its being a souvenir of the Caen picture, and based upon
it and greatly improved, it is, in fact, an original work upon which Lo
Spagna based his picture which is now at Caen. When to these arguments
are added the want of style and dignity in the Bramantesque temple at
Caen, the absence of the colonnade that Perugino favoured, and which he
drew from Piero della Francesca, the want of intermediate grouping, the
stubborn heaviness of the draperies, so different from Perugino's light,
easy folds, the hard, empty density of the foliage, the change in the
distant scenery, and the absence of horizon and cloud, and finally the
entirely different drawing of the feet from the manner in which Perugino
drew them, the case is practically proved, and to Lo Spagna must the
Caen picture be attributed. If further evidence were needed, it is ready
to hand in the fact that not one Perugian letter, document, or writer
attributes the "Sposalizio" to Perugino, although all speak of it with
great terms of reverence, while Vasari alone gives it to Vannucci, and,
as is well known, his attributions must often be taken _cum grano
salis_.

Having in all this agreed most gladly with Mr. Berenson, I must now part
company with him in reference to another picture attributed to this same
year.

Few pictures have exercised critics more than has the "Apollo and
Marsyas" in the Louvre.

This charming little work was purchased by Mr. Morris Moore as a
Mantegna. When sold to the Louvre in 1883 for 200,000 francs, it was
agreed that it should be placed in the Salon Carré, under the title of
"Raphael de Morris Moore."

It is still called a Raphael in the Louvre catalogue, although a note is
added which only commits the authorities to the statement that it is
unquestionably the work of an Umbrian artist. Morelli put it first to
Timoteo Vite, but confesses that he did not examine it carefully. In a
later work he withdrew this ascription, and says that "it belongs most
probably to a master whose style is in close affinity with that of
Perugino." Mr. Berenson includes it in his list of Perugino's works, but
I am much more inclined to leave the attribution where Morelli left it.

The two figures are quite nude. This is almost a unique circumstance
with Perugino, the only other nude figures in his pictures being some
distant ones in his "Love and Chastity." Here is, therefore, a most
exceptional circumstance; and also the absence of any drapery deprives
the critic of one of the most definite marks, the dark hollows, by which
Perugino's work is identified. Furthermore, there are birds in the sky,
and I know of no sky of Perugino's in which they appear. The feet of the
two figures are very Peruginesque, the open and upward curling great toe
is clearly defined; but the hands have not the awkward tong shape of his
earlier work, nor the very thin, boneless appearance of his mature work.
The landscape and the trees are like those of Perugino; but the very
prominent lyre has none of his characteristics, and in technique and
handling is painted quite differently from Perugino's method. The
picture seems much more likely to be the work of Pinturicchio, and, in
any case, I cannot personally attribute it to Perugino.

[Illustration:

_Hanfstaengl photo_] [_Munich Gallery_

THE VIRGIN APPEARING TO ST. BERNARD]

I agree, however, with Mr. Claud Phillips in attributing the "St.
Bernard" at Munich to this period of Perugino's life. It is, of course,
impossible to fix its date exactly, but from 1496 to 1500 one may safely
put it, and, as regards its serene beauty, hardly too much can be said.
The picture was originally in the church of San Spirito in Florence, and
there is now a copy of it in that place. King Ludwig I. bought it in
1829 from the Capponi family, who held the rights over the Nasi chapel,
where it hung, and although it has been cleaned and restored, it remains
a beautiful and quite genuine work. It is well to compare the hands and
the ears in this picture, with their delicate, sensitive beauty, with
the heavy features in the Caen picture, to which reference was lately
made, and the comparison will be wholly satisfactory, and in every way
in favour of Mr. Berenson's argument. An interesting study for this
"Vision of St. Bernard" is at the Uffizi, and comparison may well be
made with a picture by Lippo Lippi in the Badia, illustrating the same
scene.

To this same period we attribute the "Virgin in Glory" at Bologna, the
"Family of St. Anne" at Marseilles, and the masterpiece in Florence, the
"Crucifixion" of Sta. Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi. In the Bologna picture
we see the lovely figure of St. Michael, to which allusion has already
been made when reference was made to the Certosa altar-piece, now in the
National Gallery. The great archangel is even fuller of beauty in this
picture, his hands especially being of exquisite form and grace. There
are three other adoring saints, St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. John
the Divine, and St. Apollonia.

Above in the sky is the glowing mandorla of cherubs, a favourite device
of Pietro's, glowing with rainbow radiance, and enveloping in its misty
colour the cherub heads which belong to it. The conception is very
lovely, the colouring subdued and sunny, and, while the picture recalls
the Borgo and Lyons pictures, it yet foreshadows the great Vallombrosan
"Assumption" which the master was to produce a few years later on.

The Marseilles picture is remarkable in many ways. It represents a scene
that was very seldom selected by the old masters, and which no one
treated so beautifully as did Perugino (see _Frontispiece_). There are,
perhaps, not more than half-a-dozen examples amongst all the old
masters' pictures which represent the "Family of St. Anne," and yet the
subject is one that is particularly worthy of careful and thoughtful
treatment. Perugino has adopted a very fine arrangement. The Virgin is
enthroned in the centre, and has the divine Child on her knee. Behind
her stands St. Anne in a very motherly attitude, resting her two hands
on her daughter's shoulders. On the right of the throne stands St. Mary
Salome, holding in her arms St. John the Divine, and by her side is St.
Joachim, the husband of St. Anne. At their feet stands the child St.
James. On the opposite side, to the left of the throne, stands St.
Mary, the wife of Cleophas, holding in her arms St. James the Less. By
her side stands St. Joseph, and near by another child, St. Joseph
Justus. Two more children, St. Simon and St. Thaddeus, are seated on the
steps of the throne, and above them is the inscription, =PETRVS DE
CHASTRO PLEBIS PINXIT=.

[Illustration:

_Alinari Photo_] [_Bologna Gallery_

THE VIRGIN IN GLORY, 1496]

The whole scene is under a wonderful and lofty archway, and beyond is an
exquisite landscape of hills and rolling plain. The children are
exquisite in grace and beauty, and two of them were copied by Raphael,
and his picture still hangs in the sacristy of St. Pietro in Cassinense
at Perugia. The artist has inscribed the name of each saint on the halo
of light that surrounds each head, and the composition of the group is
almost perfect, so well arranged and so well balanced. The colouring is
subdued but radiant with sunlight, and few pictures are as typical of
the master's hand. All his peculiarities of painting, his unusual
draperies, his exaggerated feet, his long slender hands with lumpy
knuckles, and his restful, quiet, self-contained figures can be studied
in it. Originally it was painted for the monastery of St. Anna, and
later on was transferred to St. Maria de Fossi in Perugia, and was
brought to Marseilles with the Perugian spoil which was mentioned in a
preceding chapter. There is an early drawing for the whole picture at
Alnwick.

The wonderful fresco at Sta. Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi was never seen by
Crowe and Cavalcaselle or would have been recognised by them as one of
the artist's grandest conceptions. In Crowe's time, the permission of
the Archbishop of Florence was needed ere the picture could be
inspected, and this permission Crowe could not obtain. The
chapter-house in which it is situate is now secularised, and the fresco
can be seen. Vasari speaks of the monastery under its old name of the
Cestello, and records that a picture of St. Bernard was also painted for
the same house, but this has been lost. The great fresco in question was
ordered in 1493, for 55 ducats, by Pietro Pucci and his wife Giovanna,
and was finished in this eventful year April 20th, 1496. The scene is
represented under three arches. In the central one is the Crucifix, its
arms stretching from wall to wall of the arch, its foot on the ground,
and its upper extremity nearly touching the crown of the arch. At its
foot kneels the Magdalen, gazing tenderly up at the crucified Christ,
above the cross are the eclipsed sun and moon. On the left are the two
figures of the Virgin and St. Bernard, and on the right are two more
figures, St. John the Divine and St. Benedict.

There are only these six figures in the entire picture, which covers the
whole wall of the chapter-house, but beyond them the arches seem to
reveal a great Umbrian landscape, which stretches farther than eye can
reach. It is practically the same view as can be seen from the city of
Perugia, from the hill of Montefalco or from the monastery of Assisi,
and is apparently limitless. There are the long sweeping outlines of the
Umbrian Hills, the distant towns with their churches and castles, the
pleasant waters winding in and out of the hills and gleaming in the
evening light, and the delicate larch and olive trees crowning the hills
and standing out so clearly and daintily against the sky, while above
and filling nearly half of the archway space is the blue and purple sky,
flecked with white gossamer clouds and reaching far up in its hollow
dome beyond the range of sight.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_Sta. Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi, Florence_

THE CRUCIFIXION]

As the spectator steps into the quaint chapter-house, this whole scene
appears to open into view. The central crucifix with its solemn burden,
and the five quiet figures standing so still and placid, full of that
intense sorrow and tender pity which absorb the whole being, and which
are so evidently the dominant passions that the mind of the spectator
unites with them, and all who gaze on this sublime scene do so with
reverend pity for the central figure, and intense sympathy for the
spectators in the drama. There are two studies in existence for this
work, one for the Christ on the Cross, on the back of a drawing of
Pericles (252, 400) and the other for the standing figure of the Virgin
(251, 417). Both are in the Uffizi Gallery. In the central compartment
of the fresco will be recognised the prototype of the "Crucifixion" by
Raphael now belonging to Mr. Ludwig Mond. There is, however, far more
pure beauty, definite purpose, and tender reverence in the work by
Perugino than in that by the youthful Raphael, although the merit of the
latter work is very great, and surprisingly so when the age of the
artist is taken into consideration. There is a breadth and power and an
originality about Raphael's figure that is wonderful, but from the point
of view of reverence and devotion, Perugino's marvellous and touching
creation is superior to it.

The Certosa altar-piece, now in the National Gallery, is usually
considered to be one of the greatest pictures Perugino ever executed.
One-sixth part of it only is still _in situ_, the central panel of the
upper tier. This represents the Eternal Father within a mandorla of
cherubs. The remaining five panels are copies, the two upper ones, after
Borgognone, to replace originals in France, the three lower ones to
replace the originals in London.

There are one or two points that merit special attention in this
picture. It is desirable to mention that what has been called the
monotony of Perugino can be clearly seen at this time. The figure of St.
Michael has already appeared in the Albani altar-piece, and will appear
again in the Bologna "Assumption," and other pictures.

The elaborately decorated shield and the quaint head-dress of the great
archangel appear in the figures of the Cambio decoration, in the
"Sposalizio," and in the Sistine Chapel fresco. The angels which appear
in the central panel will be marked again and again in later works.

Perugino in his lifetime was severely criticised for this failing. Lanzi
expressly records the grumbling of many of Perugino's patrons at his
want of variety in treatment, the fact that his altar-pieces more or
less closely resembled one another, and the artist's reply that he
robbed no one. His figures were admired in one picture, why should they
not be in another? and if a figure was pronounced lovely and suitable at
one time and for one place, why should it be condemned when used for a
similar position in another place.

This complaint, made in the fifteenth century, has continued down to the
present time, and has certain justification. There is a want of
originality about Perugino's conceptions beyond a certain point; but
this very monotony is a most useful aid in recognising and scheduling
his pictures, while individually his figures are so graceful, and his
groups so well composed, that those who love Umbrian art never tire of
gazing upon his fascinating pictures.

[Illustration:

_Hanfstaengl photo_] [_National Gallery, London_

THE CERTOSA THREE-FOLD ALTAR-PIECE]

This great altar-piece was completed in 1499. In the early part of that
year the Duke of Milan, Il Moro, wrote to the monks at Pavia complaining
of the delay in the completion of the altar-piece he had commissioned,
speaking of the large sum he had disbursed, and of his love for the
Certosa and desire to see it completed, and begging the Carthusians to
hurry on Perugino to complete his work. They did so, and by the end of
1499 the picture was in its place.

In the following year, 1497, Perugino was in Fano, and there again in
1498. In each of these years he was probably also in Perugia, and in one
of them, perhaps 1497, he was at Sinigaglia and at Cantiano, two small
places close to Fano. Of his visits to Fano we have two results: a
"Madonna and Child with Saints," dated 1497, and an "Annunciation,"
dated 1498; while at Sinigaglia there is a "Madonna and Child with
Saints" closely resembling the Fano one, and at Cantiano a "Holy Family"
of similar characteristics. In the intervals which enabled the artist to
revisit Perugia we have evidence of his work in a "Madonna and Child,"
dated 1497, now in the Gallery of Perugia, and in another picture
attributed to the same period and now hanging in the same gallery. Even
these visits do not complete his wanderings, for on the 26th of June
1498 he was certainly in Florence.

It is only an assumption on my part that the Sinigaglia and Cantiano
pictures followed the Fano ones. They may have just preceded them, and
should perhaps belong to that already crowded year 1496, but I am
strongly of opinion that such is not the case. Again, they should
perhaps be given to a later period altogether, say to 1500 or 1501; but
we have no evidence whatever connecting Perugino with this remote part
of the sea-coast save in 1497 and 1498, and as in style and colouring,
even in composition and design, the Sinigaglia and Cantiano pictures so
closely resemble those at Fano, and the places were not easy of access
save from Fano, and we do not hear of the artist being in this district
on any other occasion, the attribution to that period is given.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_Perugia Gallery_

THE MADONNA AND CHILD WITH PENITENTS, 1497]

Both of these pictures have signs of hurried execution, and do not
appear to be in all their details the work of the master, and my
contention is that they were planned when the Fano ones were in progress
and executed partly by pupils under the control of the artist who was
himself working close at hand. The 1497 altar-piece at Fano is really a
fine picture, and the five predella pictures are remarkably good,
perhaps the finest of this style of miniature-like painting that
Perugino ever executed. In the predella scene can be noted Perugino's
method of representing the "Sposalizio," and the arcade and temple
doorway, the arrangement and grouping of the figures, and the open air
effect of the whole, and entire absence of crowding will all be noted as
characteristics which the Caen picture does not possess. The lunette of
this fine altar-piece is the same scene as the artist used in the
scattered altar-piece for St. Agostino, and should be compared with the
lunette from this altar-piece which now hangs in St. Pietro in
Cassinense at Perugia. In the latter the Virgin and the Magdalen are
each holding one of the hands of the dead Christ. In the Fano picture
these hands hang down loosely and rest on the tomb. In other respects
the two pictures are almost identical.

[Illustration:

_Alinari Photo_] [_Perugia Gallery_

THE INTERCESSION OF ST. FRANCIS ON BEHALF OF PERUGIA]

The other Fano picture is a very charming "Annunciation." The arched
colonnade again appears. The Eternal Father, within a circular mandorla,
is above, and below, flying towards the Madonna, is the white dove of
the Holy Spirit. In the distance is Fano itself, and in the far distance
the sea.

We now come to the two Perugia pictures. The one which is known to have
been painted in 1497 for the altar of the noble confraternity of "San
Pietro Martire," represents the Madonna seated upon a throne or tomb,
crowned, and holding the Christ on her knee. Above in the air are two
angels kneeling in adoration, while on the ground around and partially
behind the Queen of Heaven, are two groups of white-robed penitents.
There is a study for this picture in the Uffizi.

It ought to be quite easy to discover the exact date of the other
picture. It was painted for the noble confraternity "della Giustizia,"
who deposited it in the gallery, and it evidently alludes to the union
of the original confraternity of San Andrea della Giustizia, with a
smaller but similar body dedicated to San Bernardino and connected with
the church of San Francesco. San Bernandino of Siena is one of the two
saints who are kneeling in the foreground, and is distinguished by the
tablet bearing the I.H.S. surrounded by rays of light which floats in
the air close to him. He lived at the convent of San Francesco al
Prato, and close to the convent now stands the oratory dedicated in 1461
to his memory, the front of which is decorated with Agostino Ducci's
wonderful marble and terra-cotta façade. The confraternity for whom the
picture was painted, specially honoured the memory of San Bernardino,
and therefore had a peculiar devotion toward his patron saint, St.
Francis of Assisi. St. Francis, in the picture in question, kneels
opposite to San Bernardino. In the background is a large group of
kneeling people headed by the Priori in their furred gowns, and near at
hand are women and penitents, all intent upon the same petition. Still
more remote is a representation of the city, differing in many respects
from the view of Perugia given in the St. Agostino altar-piece painted
in 1521, and resembling much more closely the town of San Gemignano as
it now appears.

One would have naturally expected that this picture would have been
named by Mariotti, or that documents in Orsini or in the Perugian
archives would have mentioned it. My chief reason for giving it to 1498
is that in that year there was an outbreak of plague in the city which
the records inform us suddenly ceased in response to great supplication,
and it is possible that this picture was painted for the confraternity
in commemoration of this answer to prayer. There are perhaps only two
other instances in which St. Francis is represented, but the reason
already stated may well account for his presence in this picture.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_Accademia, Florence_

THE CRUCIFIXION]

The "Crucifixion," now in the Accademia, may, I think, be ascribed to
this period. It is an altar picture, and was painted for the Convent of
St. Jerome in Florence, and there is definite evidence that in 1498
Perugino did visit Florence and painted a picture in the city. There is
much in this work which recalls the Pazzi "Crucifixion." The Christ is
from the same model, but is a larger figure in every way and not quite
so carefully drawn as in the Pazzi one. Its increased size and more
hurried execution gives it a coarser and harsher effect. The Pazzi
"Crucifixion" has but one figure at the foot of the cross. The Accademia
necessarily has two, as St. Jerome, with his lion and hat, had to be
introduced. The Blessed Virgin is the same figure as in the Pazzi
fresco, and in the same posture even to the twisting of the fingers in
the clasped hands, but her feet are bare in the Pazzi fresco and in the
St. Jerome picture are adorned with elaborate sandals.

The scene at the back of the cross in the Pazzi fresco is evidently not
Florence, and was probably either a typical Umbrian town or one
connected in some way with the donor's early life; but in the St. Jerome
picture the city that is depicted is clearly Florence, and certain
towers and spires can be recognised in the scene. The composition is
more crowded than in the Pazzi fresco, and this element and the heavier
treatment of the crucified Figure somewhat detract from its beauty; but
it is probable that the explanation of the whole circumstance is that
the St. Jerome "Crucifixion" was intended to be placed high up above an
altar and at the end of a long and somewhat dark church, whereas the
Pazzi "Crucifixion" was on a level with the eye, rising up from the
ground, and in a small and well-lighted chapter-house.



CHAPTER VII

THE CAMBIO


It has already been shown that the statement of Crowe and Cavalcaselle
that Pietro resided entirely in Florence at this time is incorrect, but
it is quite open to believe that he had desired to do so. He invested
some of his earnings in the purchase of land in the Borgo Pinti in 1498,
and in the deed is referred to as "habitator in populo S. Petri
Majoris." In January 19th, 1497, he was called in to assist Benozzo
Gozzoli, Cosimo Roselli, and Filippino Lippi to value the frescoes of
Alesso Baldovinetti in the church of Sta. Trinità in Florence, and in
June 1498 he was present at a meeting called to discuss the repairs of
the lantern of Sta. Maria del Fiore.

The church had been struck by lightning, and the question of the repair
of the injured lantern was submitted to a meeting of architects,
sculptors, and painters, and at this meeting Filippino Lippi, Lorenzo di
Credi, and Perugino all tendered their advice. At about this time came
an invitation from the Priori of Perugia for him to undertake the entire
decoration of their Cambio or Bourse; and this invitation seems to have
finally disposed of the Orvieto contract. He wrote to the Orvietans
stating that he could not come as he was otherwise engaged; and there
is no trace of his ever visiting their city during his life.

The flattering request of his adopted townsmen was well pleasing to
Perugino; the terms offered him were satisfactory; and early in 1499 he
left Florence and commenced in Perugia what I consider to be the most
important work of his life.

The scenes in the decoration of what is still called in Perugia the
"Noble Cambio," are not the most beautiful that Pietro painted, nor are
they the finest of his works in the way of drawing, composition, or
colouring. They, however, form part of a complete scheme of decoration,
carried out, it is true, under certain definite restrictions laid down
by the Priori, but, subject to these restrictions, designed throughout
by the master, and mainly executed by his own hand.

It has already been said that to understand Perugino it is absolutely
necessary to visit Umbria. The dictum can be made even more definite. It
is needful to see not only Umbria but Perugia, and not only Perugia but
the Cambio, in order to have an adequate idea of the artist's power. The
quaint little room must be visited again and again if the student is to
really understand its beauty. When at first one steps from the brilliant
sunshine of the street into this dark chamber, it is not easy to realise
the rich decoration which covers its walls. Gradually, however, as the
eye becomes accustomed to the more subdued light, it reveals itself, but
part only of the room can be studied at a time. The room is very much as
Pietro left it, and in its way is one of the most beautiful in all
Italy.

The lower part of the walls is wainscotted with dark wood inlaid in
tarsiature. Near the entrance is the throne for the judge, and below it
the desks and seats for the money-changers, all exquisitely carved, and
then all around the room, above the wainscotting, is Perugino's fresco
decoration, and above it the vaulted ceiling painted from his designs by
his pupils. There is unity about the whole which is perfect. Perugino is
at his best, straining his utmost to give honour to the town of his
adoption, stimulated by the very nature of his commission, exercising
all the fertility of his talent in design, and labouring with intense
sympathy and determination, convinced that in Perugia he can execute a
work that will perpetuate his name for ever and ever.

The decoration is curiously illustrative of that strange mingling of
spirits which the Renaissance produced. The popular mind at this period
was deeply affected by the study of the classics, and sacred and profane
literature were being considered side by side. The predominant spirit
was certainly Christian and not pagan, but in a building intended for
secular work the classic spirit had a fuller development than in a
church, and, as Perugino frankly stated in the contract for the
decoration that his aim was "to recommend the merchants and magistrates
therein assembled never to forsake the path of duty, but to remain
faithful to the dictates of wisdom, of natural reason, and of religion,"
so it was quite admissible for him to appeal to great classic heroes for
the lessons he desired to teach, and to emphasise and spiritualise all
by the teaching of pure and humble Christianity.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_The Cambio, Perugia_

FORTITUDE AND TEMPERANCE WITH THE WARRIORS]

It appears from Mariotti and Marchesi that the subjects were submitted
to Pietro on the part of the Priori by Francesco Maturanzio, Professor
of Rhetoric at Perugia, and secretary to the Priori. In a MS. of
poetical works by Maturanzio, still preserved at Perugia, the
inscriptions on the tablets of the decoration appear, and Maturanzio
himself, according to Marchesi, derived some of his inspiration from a
MS. Cicero, in which are miniatures of the Virtues and of the classic
heroes who specially exemplify them. Near the door Pietro has painted
Cato, then on the left wall, in two bays, are groups of philosophers and
warriors in groups of three, each group consisting of a Greek between
two Romans, and underneath each figure is his name. Above are
representations of the Virtues, and opposite to these two bays is one in
which are depicted the "Prophets and Sibyls," while at the end of the
room appear the "Nativity" and the "Transfiguration."

These figures are arranged in one long line, each figure standing
separately apart from the others, lonely and abstracted. The warriors
are singularly unlike what a more pagan artist would have depicted. They
are dainty, dreamy, gentle knights, almost feminine in their grace of
limb and countenance, and in their elegance of costume and pose. In
their head-dresses the fancy of the artist has run wild. Nothing is too
extraordinary for Perugino to devise, and, fond as he always was of
eccentric helmets and mitres, he has given full play to his imagination
in these Cambio groups, and decked his heroes in the most extraordinary
and extravagant helmets that even his fancy could invent. The armour and
the costume of the figures also show how exuberant was the artist's
fancy, and in the shape and decoration of the shields especially he
gave it full play. Despite all these drawbacks, there is a certain
stately grace about the figures, the drawing is accurate, the
proportions good, and the attitudes natural, although just a little
forced. The most important work of all is in the large bay opposite to
the warriors and philosophers. This is styled the "Triumph of Religion,"
and represents the Prophets and the Sibyls standing together in
converse, and above them is the Eternal Father, who is attended by two
angels, and who is raising His hand in blessing. There is more power,
breadth, and movement in this group than in the others, and there is
closer connection between the various figures. They are more certainly
interested one in the other, and in conversation one with the other;
while as regards their draperies there is a broad, full sweeping
treatment that is very marked, and deserves careful attention.

One more point may well be noted, that, fond as Perugino was of
inscriptions and names on his pictures, of Latin verses, and of Latin
signatures, in none of them is there such a profusion of inscriptions as
in the Cambio, and every letter is most carefully drawn with the pencil,
and is admirable in its proportions and clearness. One scene is
practically unique. On but one other occasion, as far as I am aware, did
Perugino paint the "Transfiguration," and then he carried out but little
of the picture himself. Vasari incorrectly styles it the "Resurrection."
This latter scene Pietro represented many times, and even Crowe and
Cavalcaselle, careful as they usually were, have confused the
"Transfiguration" with the "Resurrection" when they refer to the Fano
altar-piece. The three disciples in the Cambio fresco are grouped very
much in the way in which Pietro grouped the sleeping disciples in the
Accademia picture. The attitude of the Christ closely resembles that of
the Christ in the Vatican "Resurrection"; but, this resemblance
accepted, the connection between the two representations is at an end.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_The Cambio, Perugia_

PORTRAIT OF PERUGINO, 1500]

There are no angels in this picture, which, for Perugino, is most
unusual; but Moses and Elias, fine, well-drawn, powerful figures, take
the place of the usual singing angels who float in the sky. The
half-startled look of the disciples is very cleverly presented, and the
glow of the ethereal light upon their faces, partially warded off by St.
John with his upraised hand, is beautifully depicted.

The transfigured Christ is an imposing figure, full of dignity and
peace, and demanding reverence from those around. There is a sense of
space, of distance, and of mystery in this fine fresco, which Perugino
seldom, if ever, exceeded.

When, at the very close of his life, Perugino painted for Sta. Maria
Nuova his other fresco of the "Transfiguration," he used the same
cartoon as he adopted for the Cambio, reversing the three figures on the
ground. The result is, however, far different, and but little of the
fresco is really the work of Perugino. In place of a mandorla of rays of
burning light, there is the usual one of cherubs, cut across by an
awkward cloud, and almost all the figures have lost their dignity and
power.

His fellow-citizens paid him the compliment of desiring that his
portrait should be identified with his important work, and probably
Maturanzio composed the complimentary verses which are written beneath
it, and which Perugino himself could certainly not have selected. The
inscription runs:

    Perdita si fuerat pingendi his retulit artem;
    Si nunquam inventa est hactenus ipse dedit,

which Rev. H. R. Ware has thus rendered:

    If we had lost the painter's art, 'tis here restored in better part;
    If it had always been unknown, he's given it as his very own.

The portrait of the artist may well be compared with the one in the
Uffizi, which was so long believed to be his, but which has now been
removed from its old position and hung in the Tribuna as the portrait of
Francesco delle Opere, according to the inscription on its back.

With the knowledge that the one in the Cambio is genuine, it is
surprising that the Uffizi portrait should for so long have been called
Perugino's, and a whole story spun to account for the words "Timete
Deum" which occur in the man's hand.

In not one feature do the two portraits, however, resemble one another,
and the one of Perugino in the Cambio reveals him as a man of strong,
healthy appearance, of unusual determination and great power. The
features reveal strong sense of ideality, good knowledge of form and of
colour, and some dry, lurking humour of a cynical and malicious type. To
a certain extent the face is sensual, but not lascivious or voluptuous;
but its main characteristic is its determination, the ability to conquer
difficulties, to labour hard and long, and to produce a vast amount of
work in a short time. It is also the face of a thoughtful man, not so
much of a loveable one, as of one who was masterful and resolute.

Opposite to the portrait of the artist, close by the fresco of "Prophets
and Sibyls," is a label with the words, "=Anno Salvt M.D.=," giving the
definite information in what year the work was completed. It was, I take
it, at this period of Perugino's life that the great Raphael first
became his pupil. Vasari's statement as to Giovanni Santi taking the lad
to Pietro is unconfirmed, and must be received with caution, especially
as we know that Santi died in 1494.

As has already been shown, Perugino was wandering, in the years previous
to 1500, far and wide, and was seldom at Perugia for long together; and,
as Morelli was the first to point out, it would have been impossible for
him to give the regular and continuous instruction to the young lad
Raphael at that time. In 1504 Raphael painted his "Sposalizio," in 1505
the fresco at S. Severo in Perugia, and probably it was several years
previous to this that he painted the Dudley "Crucifixion." Professor
Rossi of Perugia has announced that documents exist in that city proving
that Raphael actually did not leave Urbino till the end of 1499. The
information is quite credible, and is what might be expected; but it
lacks confirmation, and when at Perugia I was quite unable to verify its
statement.

The question is still an open one. Morelli gives Raphael's earlier
training to Timoteo Vite, but, to my mind, produces no distinct proof
of the influence of Timoteo upon the young Raphael. It is perfectly
certain that the lad was a pupil to Perugino, and it is, of course,
possible--although hardly conceivable--that his tuition was taking place
during the busy wandering years which preceded 1500. My own notion is
that the tuition began in 1499 or 1500, and that Raphael, together with
the other pupils, took his part in the Cambio decoration, probably in
the work of the ceiling. There is, of course, a local tradition that in
two of the faces in the fresco of "Prophets and Sibyls" are immortalised
the features of Raphael and Pinturicchio. Nothing is more likely. Both
pupils were of unusual and remarkable appearance, and the master may
quite as well have used them as his models while working with them in
the room. There can be no definite proof of what part Raphael took in
the scheme of decoration, but it is pleasant to conceive him as working
side by side with the master whose art influenced him so strongly, and
between this time and that of 1505, when the San Severo fresco was
executed, Raphael may well have been assisting Perugino in all his work,
and learning from him the art in which in later days he was to reign so
triumphantly as king.

For the Cambio decoration Perugino appears to have received 350 _large_
gold ducats, but the final payment of the money is not made till 1507,
when the juror of the Cambio, Alberto de Mansueti, records with pride
the fact that he had finally settled the Cambio payments and obtained
Perugino's receipt in full, dated 15th January 1507.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_Accademia, Florence_

THE ASSUMPTION OF THE VIRGIN, 1500]



CHAPTER VIII

FLORENCE, PERUGIA, AND CITTA DELLA PIEVE


The date 1500 is attached to the great Vallombrosan altar-piece, and it
must, therefore, have been executed immediately after the completion of
the Cambio. Whether it was painted in Vallombrosa itself or not cannot
be stated with accuracy; but the general impression given by the
documents relating to the picture is that it was executed within the
precincts of the religious house. Vasari states clearly that the picture
was done _at_ Vallombrosa, but his statements of this sort have always
to be accepted with caution. It is, however, in this case more than
probable that he is correct.

The picture, now in the Accademia, is one of the finest that Perugino
ever produced. It presents, of course, many of Perugino's favourite
figures and arrangements. The mandorla recalls the altar-pieces of Borgo
and of Lyons. The Eternal Father above is similar to the scene in the
"Prophets and Sibyls" fresco in the Cambio. The angels with musical
instruments will be found again in the SS. Annunziata picture, and the
archangels attending upon the Eternal Father have already been seen
several times in earlier works. The general scheme of the picture is the
one which Pietro made somewhat hackneyed, but there are certain special
features that must not be overlooked. The Virgin is seated in the skies
within a glowing radiance of pure white light, and this of itself is an
unusual feature. Never has Perugino painted the Madonna so finely. There
is a celestial beauty upon her face, and her hands and robe are depicted
with the utmost skill and care. The angels are somewhat loosely drawn,
insipid in countenance, and lacking in proportion, especially in their
attenuated legs, and in the large size of their hands; but the artist's
main attention has been given to three points in the picture--the figure
of the Virgin, the four figures on the ground, and the landscape in the
rear. Crowe and Cavalcaselle speak of the four attendant saints as
"magnificent as isolated creations," and the words are none too strong.

The four figures are superb; they are well-balanced and stand firmly on
their feet; their draperies are in easy folds, and are painted with
unusual care, especially in their delicate gradations of colour; the
pose is in each instance suitable and sufficient, and there is tender,
reverent beauty in the faces, and the utmost dexterity and feeling in
the painting of the hands.

Still greater work, however, Perugino executed at Vallombrosa. He
painted the portraits of the Abbot Baldassare, and of Don Biagio
Milanesi, and triumphantly proved his right to be termed a great
portrait-painter. If all other works of Perugino had perished and we
possessed these two heads alone, the genius of the artist would be
revealed by them as of the highest order.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_Accademia, Florence_

PORTRAIT OF THE ABBOT BALDASSARE OF VALLOMBROSA]

They are painted with the lightest of touch and with extraordinarily
little colour. The tone is that of old yellow parchment, and each
picture contains only the upturned head and a few inches of the brown
monastic robe; but the effect is perfect. The marvellous feature,
however, of each portrait is its absolute truth and its perfection of
modelling. There is no accessory; there is no cap, or hood, or costume;
there is only a plain brown background: but the effect is that of
living, breathing life. The very slightest touches reveal the bones of
the face and the corresponding hollows of the tightly-drawn skin. The
bare, shaven head, with its narrow tonsure, allowed no opportunity for
careless drawing. There was no hair with its rich shimmering colour to
hide inaccuracies of line or to cover up faults in execution; but the
master needed none of these excuses. The task was a stern one,
uncompromising in its severity; but it is nobly executed, and two
delineations of character are presented. Already allusion has been made
to the portraits of Francesco delle Opere and of the artist himself, and
if to them be added these two, and the faces of the standing figures in
the Vallombrosan altar-piece, a careful student can hardly fail to
acknowledge that the artist was, above all, a portrait-painter in the
truest sense of the term.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_Accademia, Florence_

PORTRAIT OF DON BIAGIO MILANESI OF VALLOMBROSA]

There is a very puzzling picture which was probably painted at about
this time, and which was executed for San Francesco in Perugia and hangs
now in the Vatican Gallery. Vasari ascribes it to Perugino. Orsini
suggests that Raphael had a hand in it. Crowe gives it entirely to
Raphael as a very early work, and Morelli ascribes it entirely to the
hand of Lo Spagna. In the midst of so many conflicting theories it may
be allowable for me to agree with Vasari. It is not very likely that in
all his work Perugino would preserve the same level of beauty. The
master had, as was most natural, his successes and his failures. At
times his commissions were so numerous that some of them were carelessly
executed; at another time a subject was given him which did not
altogether appeal to his mind; at another he worked _con amore_, and put
his whole soul into his labour. We see fine results in the Cambio, and
in the Vallombrosan pictures, and I take it these are followed by this
"Resurrection," which is weak and unsatisfactory, and by others which
are even at a lower level. Later on we shall see important work at Rome,
in the Louvre, and at Città, followed by poor, inadequate work at
Spello. Then comes a recrudescence, of which the great altar-piece at
St. Agostino is the result, and this is followed by final work which is
weak and monotonous, but which still retains the perfume of the master's
nobler days.

The figure of the Saviour is inaccurate and badly drawn, the face is
quite unsatisfactory, the mandorla clumsy and rigid, the angels poor and
lacking in expression, and their draperies feeble. The colouring of the
picture, the landscape, the faces and hands, the wonderful detail, the
composition, the balance, and, above all, the technique, speak to me
strongly of the master, to whom I ascribe the picture unhesitatingly. I
can see no hand of Raphael in it, and while I see no special reason for
our crediting the story that gives the sleeping soldier on the right the
face of Raphael, yet even that statement but renders it less likely that
Raphael had a hand in the picture itself, while I believe that a close
comparison of the Cambio portrait with that of the flying soldier on the
left will dispose of the theory that in his face we have delineated the
countenance of the master himself.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_Vatican, Rome_

THE RESURRECTION]

We must now retrace our steps and look at the artist at Perugia.
Mariotti records that in 1501 Perugino was one of the Priori of the
City, and, being salaried officers, the Priori were obliged, according
to Marchesi, to reside in the Palazzo Communale, and give daily
attendance for magisterial business. This involved a good deal of civic
duty, and doubtless consumed a great deal of time, and probably during
1501 Perugino did little painting. He was concerned also in domestic
matters, as Orsini states that in two deeds, dated December 11th, 1501,
and February 24th, 1502, he divided up certain property that had
belonged to his uncle, Giovanni, and which devolved to himself and his
two nephews, Agnolo and Giacomo di Giovanni. However, if he was at the
moment unable to paint, he was prepared to make contracts for future
work, and Mariotti records several of his interesting engagements.

One dated September 10th, 1502, is for some saints and angels around a
large crucifix carved in wood, belonging to the convent of San Francesco
al Monte, and for a "Coronation of the Virgin" to form the reverse side
of this altar-piece. For that he was to have 120 florins. In the same
year he agreed to supply to Baccio d' Agnolo designs for the intarsia
work in the stalls of St. Agostino, which Baccio was to make in one year
for 1120 florins, and for the due performance of his task Perugino
became surety. He was also to paint a double altar-piece for St.
Agostino, and was to design a frame for it which Tomaso was to carry
out.

By another contract he agreed to paint a "Sposalizio" for the Duomo.
This latter part of the contract I do not believe he ever carried out,
and the St. Agostino altar-piece was not finished for nearly twenty
years, as there is a record of its completion in a letter dated
September 1521, written to the Podesta of Trevi, advising him that the
Prior of St. Agostino had appointed a valuer for the picture, and
begging him to apprise Perugino, who was then at Trevi, of the fact.

Other commissions recorded by Mariotti were the decorating of the doors
of the palace, and the painting up of the arms of Pope Julius II., who
three years after was to visit Perugia in state, and also the designing
of a silver ship or _nef_, to be used as a credence table. Of all these
various works he certainly executed at this time the double altar-piece
for the Minorites at San Francesco al Monte, which has been removed to
the Pinacoteca. Probably little more than the design for one side of
this altar-piece was the work of Pietro, the execution being done by his
pupils. The picture is in very bad condition, and in places seriously
damaged, but there are certain features about it that distinguish it
from Perugino's own work. The long chain of flowers and pearls carried
by the angels is not Peruginesque. The master would have used a ribbon.
The cloud which cuts across the mandorla in two places, the awkward,
sentimental-looking faces of the disciples and women, the ill-drawn
feet, and weak draperies, all reveal the hands of a pupil, yet the idea
of the picture is distinctly Perugino's, and here and there are traces
of firmer, stronger work, which may well be due to the master himself.
The reverse side of the picture may, however, be safely ascribed to
Perugino. The Virgin is the same as in the Pazzi "Crucifixion," while
the figures of St. Mary Magdalen, St. Francis, and St. John, are to be
found in other altar-pieces by Pietro in the same gallery. In its
original condition the picture must have been a really fine one, and
although terribly damaged, enough remains to show how tender and
sympathetic must the whole composition have appeared. There is a rough
grandeur about the quatrocento carved wood crucifix which is laid on the
canvas; and the four figures and two angels grouped about it, so placid,
and calm, and so full of simple sorrow, must have formed a very
impressive work. The landscape is delicate and sunny, and there is every
reason to consider this picture entirely the work of the master, and to
regret very much that by reason of exposure, damp, and neglect it has so
seriously suffered.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_Perugia Gallery_

THE CRUCIFIXION

(_Painted round a wooden crucifix_)]

In 1503, Perugino left Perugia, so Mariotti records, completing in the
October of that year the arms of Julius II. on the gates of the palace
and on the five entrances to the city. He settled down in Florence in
the Pinti quarter, and early in the year, on January 25th, 1504, was
present at the meeting called to choose a place for Michel Angelo's
gigantic statue of "David." This meeting resulted in some bitter
controversy. There were eighteen artists present, amongst whom were
Andrea della Robbia, Lorenzo di Credi, Sandro Botticelli, Perugino,
Leonardo da Vinci, Filippino Lippi, David Ghirlandajo. Various positions
were suggested for the statue, and a place under the Loggia met with
the greatest approval. Lippi and the goldsmith Salvestro di Lavacchio
having suggested that Michel Angelo himself would probably have given
grave consideration to a site, Piero di Cosimo proposed that he should
be given his choice. He chose the place occupied by the "Judith," which
was removed, and the "David" taken to the Palazzo Vecchio. With this
selection and decision Perugino did not agree, nor did those who voted
with him for the position in the Loggia, and a party came into existence
opposed to Michel Angelo and disliking his style. Many of these
objectors were in the habit of meeting in the botega of Perugino's old
friend, Baccio, the worker in intarsia, and on one of these occasions,
when some remarks antagonistic to Michel Angelo were passed round, the
sculptor, roused to exasperation, turned to Perugino and pronounced his
paintings to be "absurd and antiquated." In the light of the new classic
influence the statement was doubtless true, but it grievously annoyed
Perugino, and he was foolish enough to appeal to the Council of Eight,
but obtained no redress and only exposed himself to ridicule and
sarcastic remarks.

[Illustration:

 [_Città della Pieve_]    [_Perugia_]    [_Città della Pieve_]
  20th February 1504    30th March 1512     1st March 1504

THREE LETTERS FROM PERUGINO]

Within a few days after these occurrences Perugino left Florence again,
and went to Perugia. Here a letter reached him from the Priori of his
birthplace, Città della Pieve, begging him to come and paint a fresco
for them. On February 20th, 1504, he replied, stating that a fresco such
as they required would cost two hundred florins, but that, in
consideration of the commission being from his native town, he would
reduce his charge to one hundred florins, twenty-five to be paid at
once, and twenty-five every year for three years, and that he was
prepared to start at the work as soon as he heard from the Priori. The
price, even so reduced, was more than the Guild could afford, and
further correspondence ensued. Eventually, Perugino wrote again, on
March 1st, 1504, agreeing to abate another twenty-five florins and
execute the work for seventy-five, and this the town of Città accepted.
The two letters to which reference is made were discovered by Signor
Guiseppe Bolleti of Città, in 1835. He was excavating a terrace of earth
that made the wall damp on which is the famous fresco, and found in this
earth a number of paint pots, and a tin tube of about 4 inches long
containing these two letters, and a third one. Two are still preserved
between sheets of glass at Città, and the third is in the gallery at
Perugia, and my friend, Signor Andrea Ceccheti of Città della Pieve,
has, by permission of the authorities of Città and of Perugia,
photographed the three letters, so that I am able to present them in
this book. Two are reproduced for the first time, the third was in
Mezzanotte's scarce volume. The fresco covers a wall space of about 22
feet square. It is dated 1504.

There is in the centre the usual late Perugino erection, under which the
scene takes place, and away in the distance is the customary Umbrian
landscape. The whole picture is suffused with a delicious, sunny light,
and is very pleasing to behold. The fresco is a cherished possession of
the city of Città, and its inhabitants are always glad for the great
curtains to be drawn back that cover it, in order that they may feast
their eyes upon the picture. I cannot, however, refrain from mentioning
how touched I was by the exquisite and genuine courtesy of the people of
this city, so characteristic as it was of the Italian country-folk. The
little crowd that followed me into the oratory seemed to acknowledge
possession on my part in the picture for the time being, and begged my
permission, with many apologies, that they might look at the fresco
which I had paid to have uncovered. They eagerly took me through their
town, and pointed out every treasure that they possessed, giving up
gladly to me a considerable portion of their day, and only too anxious
that I should join with them in admiring the work of their great artist.

To understand the hill towns of Umbria, and to see them in all their
peaceful, sunny slumber, a visit must be paid to Città della Pieve.
Perugino's works find a more fitting resting-place in his old birthplace
than in any place that I know. The town is solemnly quiet and strangely
beautiful. It is like a petrified city, suddenly stopped in its growth,
left high and dry by the moving waters of civilisation. It is untouched
and unspoiled, and the visitor to-day finds the town very much as it was
when Perugino left it. It is a city of peace, and the peace glows on the
faces of the people. They are the kindest and most courteous of people;
many of them look as though they had stepped from the master's pictures:
they stand in quiet, meditative postures, and in church kneel in solemn
ecstacies of prayer. They are purely a pastoral people, working hard in
the day, coming quietly home at night, and full of tender devotion in
their religion, of ardent faith, and of deep domestic love in their
family circles. The very influence of Perugino's pictures seems still to
dwell in this little Umbrian town.

[Illustration:

_Private photo_] [_Città della Pieve_

THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI, 1504]

Another little town is Panicale, and here, in the following year,
Perugino painted a "San Sebastian." Lo Spagna, his pupil, is said to
have lived in this town, and therefore, Crowe suggests, had a hand in
the work; but the fresco is signed by Perugino, dated on the columns
=A.D. MDV.=, and is thoroughly typical of Perugino's work in every way.
There is no need to look for Lo Spagna's hand in the fresco, or to
expect it; but it is, of course, quite possible that he assisted
Perugino in painting it.

This work is not a true fresco, but _a secco_--that is, it was painted
on the dry wall.

The church of San Agostino, in the same town, contains a fresco of the
"Virgin and Child," and here the spectator will be safe in attributing
the greater part of the work to Lo Spagna.

It was in this year that Isabella d'Este Gonzaga, Duchess of Mantua,
commissioned a picture for her boudoir in the Ducal Palace. She gave
very definite instructions as to its subject, writing to the artist in
the following words: "My poetical idea, which I desire you should paint,
is a battle of Chastity against Love--that is, Pallas and Diana fighting
against Venus and Love. Pallas must have almost conquered Love; after
breaking to pieces the gold arrow and silver quiver that she has cast
down before her feet, she holds him with one hand by the bandage that
the blind one wears over his eyes, and she raises her other hand to
strike him. Between Diana and Venus victory must seem to be doubtful;
Venus shall be injured in some part of her dress only; as to Diana, her
clothes shall be set on fire by the torch of Venus, but the bodies of
the two goddesses shall suffer no wound."

In June 1505, Perugino wrote to the Duchess from Florence, having come
there from Panicale, explaining that he had executed her commission in
tempera, as he had deemed that to be the best medium in which to depict
the scene. He received eighty ducats for the picture, and it remained in
the Palace at Mantua La Gloriosa until the time of the plunder in 1630,
when it was removed to the castle of Richelieu, where it remained down
to the time of the Revolution, and it now hangs in the Louvre. The
master was evidently in this picture "cribb'd and confined" by the terms
of his commission. His genius was not allowed its own proper
development, and he was bound down to certain scenes, which his patron
had indicated so precisely. The consequence is, that there is no heart
in the picture. It is pleasing in a superficial way; the landscape and
the trees are delightful, although the latter are lacking in proportion;
but the composition is far too crowded, weak in drawing, and careless in
execution.

There is a real sense of movement in it, and its colouring is pleasant;
but the closer the picture is scrutinised the less it will be liked; and
faults in drawing abound on all hands. Most noticeable of all, perhaps,
is the carelessness shown in the sizes of the figures. They are of all
heights, some gigantic, and out of all proportion, others far too small
and grotesque in shape, and others again, in the middle distance, far
too gigantic for their position. There is a skilful bit of movement in
the figure of Mercury in the sky, and there is some shrewd originality
in the various fables represented in the background; but the picture is
far from satisfactory, and not worthy of the master.

[Illustration:

_Brogi photo_] [_Accademia, Florence_

THE DEPOSITION

(Filippino Lippi and Perugino)]

A fortnight after he had written to the Duchess he met Lorenzo di Credi
at the Duomo in Florence, as the two artists had been called in to
decide as to the respective merits of two heads in mosaic intended for
the chapel of San Zenobius.

Twice during the master's life was he called upon to complete another
man's work, once at S. Severo toward the end of his life, as will be
seen later on, and in the year now under consideration for the church of
Santissima Annunziata.

An important "Descent from the Cross" had been commissioned by one
Jacopo Federighi, a Knight of Malta, for the brethren of SS. Annunziata
de Servi, and the instruction given to Filippino Lippi. In 1503 he
commenced the work, but in 1505 he died, leaving it half finished, and
the monks called in Perugino to complete it, giving him also a
commission to paint an "Assumption" of the same size for the reverse of
the altar-piece. The first commission he executed well, the second so
carelessly that Vasari states that the monks gave the place of honour to
the picture begun by Filippino Lippi. Of this picture, now in the
Accademia, Lippi did the upper part, Perugino the lower, and it is right
to add that he so well blended his work with the work of Lippi that the
picture is harmonious and delightful.

The swooning of The Virgin on the left is not well drawn or pleasingly
represented, but the faces are good. The kneeling Magdalen is almost
dramatic, while the action of Joseph who is supporting the dead Body as
it is removed from the Cross is excellent. Faces, feet, and hands are
all good in this picture, those of the two men especially, and in the
completion Perugino evidently did his utmost, and succeeded. The
"Assumption" is, however, far different. Vasari expressly records the
story that "when the picture was first uncovered, all the new artists
censured it greatly, principally because Pietro had again adopted the
same figures that had been previously painted in other of his works, for
which his friends reproached him not a little, declaring that he had
taken no pains." Pietro's reply was: "I have painted in this work the
figures that you formerly commended, and which then pleased you greatly;
if they now displease you and you no longer extol them, what can I do?"

Our artist was, however, only begging the question. His habit of
repetition must by that time have been well known and understood. We
have already seen how the same figure appears again and again, in
somewhat different pose in his pictures, and the fault is a common one,
especially in the Umbrian school; but at least the pictures are
different in other respects, in arrangement, in grouping, in
composition. Here, however, the case is altered. The resemblance between
this "Assumption" and the "Ascension" at Lyons, the "Ascension" at Borgo
and the "Coronation" at Perugia, is so close as to show that the artist
had hardly troubled to make any change. The groups of angel musicians
around the mandorla in the "Assumption" and two "Ascensions" are
practically identical. The flying angels and cherubs below are also
alike, and the changes made in the group of apostles on the ground are
but slight. The Virgin who stands beneath the Christ in the "Ascension"
is replaced in the "Assumption" by St. Thomas, who stands in the
identical pose.

The empty tomb is, of course, introduced; the mandorla is composed of
rays instead of cherubs, and the emblems of St. Peter and St. Paul are
omitted; but in general effect the pictures are the same, and the group
in the "Coronation" at Perugia, attributed in the catalogue to Perugino,
closely resembles the group in the other three pictures. When to all
this is added the fact that the "Assumption" is painted in a slovenly
way, the landscape hardly more than suggested, the clouds streaky and
wooden, and the draperies formal and stiff, it will be seen that the
complaint made by both monks and artists was a well-founded one. The
picture is certainly charming in general effect and colouring,
especially in its present high position over a side altar; but it will
not bear inspection, and is no credit to the artist.

He was, however, becoming careless and indifferent to his work, and,
growing old, was more sensitive to the remarks of the younger and more
popular men. The satirical verses that this latest picture evoked, and
the complaints of his patrons and friends, were a cause of constant
irritation to him; and although, as Morelli records, he had taken a
house, and purchased in this very church, the SS. Annunziata, a
burial-place for himself and his descendants, he turned his back upon
Florence, and retired in great indignation to Perugia. His name appears
no longer on the rolls of the painters' guild in Florence, but in 1506
is again recorded on the similar rolls of Perugia.

A curious feature about this incident is that in the Uffizi appear
several drawings and studies which, it is said, were prepared for this
very picture. If it were so, it would imply that Perugino took great
pains in the preparation of the picture, and made elaborate studies for
it. At the first glance a drawing of five apostles, which is the most
important of these studies, might readily bear the name attributed to
it, but on very close scrutiny, it will be found that it does not
exactly or even closely resemble any group in the Annunziata picture,
nor in the "Ascensions" at Lyons or Borgo San Sepolcro, nor the
"Coronation of Our Lady" at Perugia. It much more closely resembles, and
is in parts identical with Perugino's later work at Rome, in the Camera
dell' Incendio, and it is for this work that I believe the studies were
prepared, which the Uffizi catalogues to the Annunziata picture.



CHAPTER IX

AGE, INFIRMITY, DIGNITY, AND DEATH


Arrived in Perugia, Pietro's first work, as we are told by Mariotti and
Orsini, was to collect certain sums of money due to him for pictures he
had painted. From the town authorities for the "Cambio" he drew 350
ducats. From Città della Pieve he claimed twenty-five florins, but
accepted, on March 29th, 1507, a house from the municipality in
settlement of his claim. To the town of Panicale he wrote for payment of
the balance due to him for the "San Sebastian," but in his letter made a
generous offer to the authorities. Two years before, says Mariotti, he
had lent fourteen painted banners to Panicale for a Corpus Christi
procession, and he now wrote that the town might, if it desired so to
do, keep the banners as a gift from him, but that if that was done he
considered he ought to be paid the balance of the eleven florins that
was still due to him. The Priori accepted his kindly offer, and on
September 1st, 1507, sent him the eleven florins, for which he gave them
a receipt, and they accepted his gift of the banners.

An interesting commission reached him in Perugia in 1507. The executors
of one, Giovanni Schiavone, a master carpenter, commissioned an
altar-piece for Sta. Maria Nuova de Servi, and this commission Perugino
executed with great care.

The picture, which now hangs in the National Gallery, is a remarkable
one in many ways. The painter was over sixty years old; he had just
finished a very poor and slovenly work. He was, a little later, to
execute some works even more strange in their stiffness, formality, and
want of accurate drawing, but in this picture much of his old fire is to
be seen. The colouring is notable, as the picture is full of that living
golden haze or glow which marks his finest works, and is so typical of
them. It has caught and imprisoned the sunshine, and is forever
brightening the room in which it hangs. The composition, too, is
original; the two angels in the air do not appear in other pictures. As
far as I know never did Perugino, save in this picture, represent the
Madonna being crowned by angels, nor did his angels bear palms. In the
figure of St. Francis he does not follow his usual type or pose, and the
divine Child possesses far more vigour of life, and is far better drawn
and proportioned than is generally the case. Is it possible that the
master's old studies and cartoons were still in Florence or _en route_
for Perugia, and that in their absence he was compelled to design a work
of unusual character, and on original lines?

The Schiavone picture completed, Perugino left for Foligno, where a
"Baptism of Christ" had been commissioned for the church of SS.
Annunziata. It was commissioned by one Giovanni Batista, whose name
appears upon it, and who was probably Giambattista Caporali of Perugia,
but the church is now disused and neglected, and the fresco is in very
damaged condition.

[Illustration:

_Hanfstaengl photo_] [_National Gallery, London_

THE SCHIAVONE ALTAR-PIECE, 1507]

While at Foligno, Perugino received orders to come to Rome. Pope
Julius II. desired him to decorate some ceilings in the Vatican, but it
is not very clear what the instructions really were. One ceiling we know
he decorated, that in the Camera dell' Incendio, because when Raphael
completed the decoration of the series of rooms he spared this ceiling
out of respect to his old master. The Holy Father, prior to Raphael's
arrival in Rome in 1508, had been employing the chief well-known artists
of the day in his schemes; Piero della Francesca, Bramantino, Sodoma,
Luca Signorelli, and others had received commissions. Raphael, who, then
only in his twenty-fifth year, was heard of through Bramante, was
summoned to Rome to assist the others, but his work so delighted the
Pope that the other artists were dismissed, and Raphael was ordered to
destroy their frescoes and to replace them with his own. One, however,
of Perugino's ceilings Raphael spared as just recorded.

This ceiling decoration consists of three tondi within borders and
decoration of flowing arabesque design, and both composition and figures
are marked by the master's early methods, and do not reveal the power of
his more mature work. Their composition is more crowded than was
Perugino's wont, but the exquisite beauty of the figures is
unmistakable, and it was a graceful act on the part of Raphael to spare
this fine ceiling as a memorial of his master's work in the Vatican
stanze.

Two at least of the Uffizi drawings were prepared, I believe, for this
ceiling. What else Perugino did in Rome on this his second visit, or how
long he stayed, is not known. We are, however, told that he lodged in
the Palazzo San Clemento, that he met Luca Signorelli and Pinturicchio,
and that they dined together at Bramante's house, and the scene is
described by Giambattista Caporali in his comments on Vitruvius.
Perugino at this time introduced his pupil Caporali to the artists in
Rome.

Crowe thinks that from Rome Perugino went to Assisi, where, at the
church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, on the rear wall of the portiuncula,
facing east, he painted a fine "Crucifixion."

Few events in his life show the very high reputation enjoyed by the
master more clearly than is shown by this commission. To be called in to
decorate the very wall of the sacred little house that in the sixth
century had sheltered St. Benedict and in the thirteenth century St.
Francis, and which even at that period had become one of the great
shrines of Christendom, was honour indeed. The "Crucifixion" somewhat
closely resembled the one in the Accademia painted for the monastery of
St. Jerome, but hardly anything of the artist's work now remains. The
upper part of the fresco was destroyed in 1700 during the demolition of
the old choir to make way for the present building, and the lower part
which remains was entirely restored by Castellani in 1830. From Assisi
Perugino went to Siena and painted a picture for the Vieri family for
the church of San Francesco which was completed September 5th, 1510,[N]
and which was burnt in 1655. One fragment only remains of this picture,
a face of very considerable beauty, which belongs now to Miss Hertz,
and is in her home in Rome.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_St. Augustine's, Siena_

THE CRUCIFIXION, 1510]

In Siena, also, Perugino painted a "Crucifixion" for the Chigi altar in
San Agostino, for which he was paid 200 ducats. This is still in
existence, but is a stiff and formal piece, especially if compared with
his earlier renderings of the same dread scene. Two features distinguish
it from other crucifixions. The pelican in its piety with its three
young in their nest surmounts the Cross, a piece of symbolism used
nowhere else by the artist, and the floating angels carry with them
double twisted ribbons instead of a single one. Orsini, at this stage,
says that Perugino went to Florence, but he was soon back in Perugia
(1512), where he purchased two farms and a house.

Mariotti records the transaction. The total sum was 1600 florins, but
Perugino could not pay the entire sum at once, and paid down a deposit
and gave over a house in Porta Santa Anna which he had received in
payment for a picture, and promised to pay other sums at fixed times
till he had cleared off the amount.

In this same year we find the wandering artist at the little hill town
of Bettona, so difficult of access, and situate near to Assisi, and the
pictures which remain in proof of his visit are extraordinary and
remarkable ones.

The chief one is a votive picture commissioned by one Boto da Maraglia
who had been taken prisoner by the French but released. The picture
represents a gigantic figure of St. Anthony, calm and almost
expressionless, and then a curious dwarfish figure of Boto, kneeling at
his feet, in full armour, gazing up into the face of his patron saint
to whom he renders his thanks. The other one is a Madonna, who is also
of abnormal size, gathering under her ample cloak kneeling figures of
San Manno and San Girolamo, together with much smaller figures of the
man and his wife who commissioned the picture. These pictures are in
very bad condition, but distinctly interesting, as they differ so much
from Perugino's ordinary work. Still journeying around Perugia, we find
our artist visiting in 1512 and in 1513 his native town of Città della
Pieve.[O] How long he stayed there is not clear, nor whether he went
again and again to the town or remained there for a year or two. There
are two pictures at Città dated 1513, another done in 1514, and a fourth
in 1517, and a fifth without date. The "Virgin and Child with four
saints," St. Protasius, St. Peter, St. Paul, and St. Gervasius, painted
for the cathedral of St. Gervasius, is marked by that formal, and,
although sweet, yet sickly sentimentality that distinguished much of
Perugino's later work. It is terribly formal and stiff, and only
detached parts of it, such as the faces of Our Lady, the Child, and St.
Peter, are really beautiful.

It was ordered by the Prior, and is signed and dated. The other one in
the Duomo, bearing the same date, is of the "Virgin and Child with four
saints," and then in a chapel is one of the "Baptism," which clearly
belongs to the same period and is as formal and superficial as the other
two.

In the church of St. Peter, over the altar, is the picture which was
painted in the following year, and is in far better condition than are
the other three, and distinguished by a grace that is absent from the
others. The face of St. Anthony is benevolent and expressive, but little
more can be said in favour of this picture. There is, however, some
strength and some tenderness in what remains of the ruined fresco in the
church of St. Servi. Nearly all the fresco is gone. Part has been cut
away to make a door, part has faded, part has crumbled away, part has
been picked off the wall, but what remains is wonderfully beautiful. It
is but a fragment, a ruined, faded bit, but it differs entirely from
every other "Crucifixion" that Perugino ever painted and is full of
graceful figures. The chief part that is left is the group of the holy
women assisting the Virgin as she sinks to the earth in a swoon, and it
is worth all the journey to Città to see this group. There is life and
vigour here, this is real anguish of spirit and bitter grief depicted in
the faces, and we do not in the least wonder that not only M.
Broussolle, but Mrs. Vaughan and Miss Duff Gordon, who are amongst the
few who have penetrated to this remote town and absorbed its spirit and
its beauty, speak in words of reverence of the pathos of this scene.

In all his life Perugino never painted anything more tender and sweet
than he did at St. Servi in his old home, and the fragment that remains
should be guarded with infinite care, for, damaged as it is, it is most
precious.

One work only remains that can be definitely attributed to the next
year, 1518, and then for two years we know nothing of Perugino, although
we are able to surmise as to the work that engaged his time. The 1518
picture was painted in Perugia for the great church of San Francesco al
Prato. It represents San Sebastian bound to a column and attacked by
archers, and is signed and dated. During the next two years, it may well
be imagined that Perugino was hard at work at the great altar-piece for
St. Agostino, which had been ordered before 1512.

One of the most puzzling questions which arises in a book about Perugino
is how this ancona is to be reconstructed. It is scattered far and wide
over Europe, and only important parts of it are now in Perugia.

One altar-piece, which is stated to have come from San Agostino, must
have, I think, belonged to another altar and had nothing to do with that
double ancona. It represents the Madonna with St. Nicolas, St. Bernard,
St. Jerome, and St. Sebastian, and had the space below left for the
tabernacle, the mark of which can still be seen.

[Illustration:

_Private photo_] [_Grenoble Gallery_

ST. SEBASTIAN AND ST. APOLLONIA

(_From the S. Agostino (Perugia) altar-piece_)]

Perhaps to this same period belongs the fantastic "St. John Baptist,
with St. Anthony of Padua, St. Sebastian, St. Jerome, and St. Francis,"
painted for San Francesco al Prato. The St. Sebastian here has
degenerated into a girlish fop, with elaborate head-dress and boots, and
although the faces of the other three saints are pleasing and
thoughtful, yet the picture is terribly degenerate, and the landscape in
the rear hardly exists at all. The same faults are to be found in the
typical late pictures to be found at Spello, in the church of Sta.
Maria Maggiore. They are both signed and dated, and belong to 1521, and
can only be admired for their colour and for the knowledge that even
they reveal of the possibilities of space.

[Illustration:

_Anderson photo_] [_San Severo, Perugia_

THE HOLY TRINITY AND VARIOUS SAINTS

(Raphael and Perugino), 1505 and 1521]

The tale of the 1521 pictures is not yet, however, nearly complete, but
in the works now coming under consideration an improvement will be
perceptible.

The six figures of St. Scholastica, St. Jerome, St. John, St. Gregory,
St. Boniface, and St. Martha, which Perugino added in the church of San
Severo, below the fresco painted by his great pupil in 1505, are
dignified and impressive. They are far removed from the power of early
work; there is a cumbersomeness about their draperies, and a sameness in
pose and style, but the face of St. Boniface is lovely, and those of St.
Jerome and St. John solemn and grand, while all the figures are
well-proportioned, and stand well on their feet.

It was a melancholy duty to complete the unfinished and early work of
the great pupil who had so far surpassed his master, but evidently the
old master did it as well as he could, lingered lovingly over its
details, and proudly recorded his name upon his work. The whole fresco
is of notable interest, as the combination of the works of master and
pupil, with the inscriptions recording the names of the artists and of
the patrons who employed them, is unique. Sixteen years had passed since
the upper fresco was painted. Raphael had mounted on from glory to
glory, leaving behind him all his contemporaries, and had been reckoned
as the king of them now; and now, in the year after his death, his old
master is called up to complete the work, and he gives to the
commission the best abilities of a fading old age.

Perhaps his neighbours commiserated too much with him, or taunted him
with the decay of his powers. Whatever may have been the cause, it is
quite clear that, rising superior to the quaintness, stiffness, and
formality of Spello, Perugino suddenly wakened up into some old vigour,
and much of the old spirit is to be seen in his last works.

In the church of San Francesco at Montefalco is his Presepio, which it
is absurd to give to Tiberio d' Assisi, Lo Spagna, or Manni. Works by
all these men hang close by in the deserted church, which now forms a
wonderful picture gallery, and the comparison can easily be made.

There is a record of a visit from Perugino to the town _en route_ for
Trevi in this very year, and with him came two at least of these pupils,
but no pupil ever painted this Presepio, although it is most probable
that the lunette above it is by Tiberio d' Assisi. The lower picture,
however, glows with golden sunshine, and the landscape is full of
beauty, and represents, as was so often the case, the view to be seen
from the very walls of this wonderful old city. Some of the faces are
formal, the draperies are coarse and stiff, and show signs of hurried
work, but the sense of distance proclaims the author of the fresco, and
the faces of St. Joseph and of the Virgin and the dainty decoration of
the columns are with the landscape really good pieces of work, and a
wonderful improvement upon the pictures at Spello, Bettona, or in the
Duomo at Città della Pieve.

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_Sta. Maria, Trevi_

THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI, 1521]

Outside Montefalco is San Fortunato, where Tiberio d' Assisi painted the
cloisters, and here probably Perugino stopped, and one figure in the
ceiling is certainly his work, perhaps done to show Tiberio a suggestion
as to the decoration, or put in at the pupil's own request. Then he
journeyed on to Trevi, another delightful hill town, full of charm and
beauty, and there, an old man of seventy-five, in the church of Sta.
Maria della Lacrime, outside the town, he painted his "Adoration of the
Magi." It is the old, old design. There is the wooden erection, the
enthroned Madonna and Child, the kneeling Magi, the crowd of attendants.
In the distance are the servants with horses and camels, and away beyond
are the blue hills, the river, and the sky.

Certainly it is degenerate work; but which of the men of his time could
do such work? No one else could so present the continuous space of
nature, the spaciousness and vastness of the distance, or bathe his
pictures in the dreamy sunlight of summer. I lingered long before this
fresco, loth to leave it, its tranquillity is so marked, its airiness is
so impressive.

It was while completing this picture that the message as to the San
Agostino ancona reached Pietro. Back he came to Perugia in 1522, painted
the "Transfiguration" for Sta. Maria Nuova, and its three predella
panels now in the Perugia Gallery, and the frescoes in the Nunnery of S.
Agnese (where he had relations), which I have not been able to see, as
the Nunnery is now strictly cloistered.

Three more frescoes only remain for mention. A harsh and hurried one in
the cathedral of Perugia, in which the Magdalen's face is the redeeming
feature, a faded but lovely "Nativity" in the Alfani Rooms (Room 13) in
the Perugia Gallery, which is full of exquisite feeling and tender,
reverent grace, and finally, the last and unfinished work which now
hangs in the National Gallery. This is a huge fresco transferred to
canvas, and measures 19 ft. 6 in. long. It was executed at Fontignano in
1523, and is said to have been the last work of the artist. The hand had
not lost its cunning, and there is much of the early sweetness in this
huge fresco. There is the charm of its faded blues and purples, the haze
of its shimmering sunshine, and the tender reverence of the kneeling
figures.

There are just the same accessories as were adopted by Perugino in
earlier "Adorations," very much the same grouping, and almost identical
figures, and in these respects the two last pictures that the artist
painted are almost copies, one of the other, differing only in
proportions. The Perugia fresco is small, the London one very large; but
both are really lovely compositions, full of mysterious charm, and it is
pleasant to know that the artist's last works were not the queer, quaint
ones of Spello and Bettona, but the wonderful, scenes of the
"Adoration," painted with much of his old vigour and with all his
earlier charm.

Mariotti tells us that Perugino died at the Ospedale of Fontignano, and
Orsini suggests that it was of plague. There were various traditions as
to his burial; even in Mariotti's time, Vasari states, he was honourably
buried at Città della Pieve, but there is absolutely nothing to support
this statement. The artist was, according to local account hurriedly
buried in a field, as at that time all town funerals were forbidden on
account of the violence of the epidemic. In the following year, his
sons, desirous of affording him an honourable burial, according to the
rites of Holy Church, tried to make arrangement for the removal of the
body.

On December 30th, 1524, they entered into a contract with the monks of
San Agostino, who were still in their father's debt 50 scudi, that they
should remove his body from Fontignano and bury him in their church, and
the sons agreed to pay for the Mass. Mariotti says that there was in his
time no proof that that ever was done, but the very fact of the contract
proves that nothing could be said to the discredit of Perugino's life or
character, and refutes idle rumour as to his atheism.

A spot was pointed to Mariotti half-a-mile from Fontignano as the place
of Perugino's burial, but he records that, although nothing was found
when this spot was examined, yet he could never find any proof that the
devout wishes of the three sons, Giovanni Batista, Francesco, and Michel
Angelo, were ever fulfilled. It is most probable that owing to the
plague and to the war, which at the time were raging in Perugia, the
removal of Perugino's body was delayed, and so eventually quite
forgotten. No man, therefore, knows where the great artist was buried,
and the burial-place he bought at SS. Annunziata in Florence, was
unoccupied. Mariotti states that his only descendant was a grandson, one
John Battista Vannucci, whose name appeared as a scholar in the
University of Città della Pieve. It is, therefore, quite possible that
the plague carried off not only the artist, but shortly afterwards his
three sons also. Pietro's wife was one Chiare Fancelli, a very beautiful
girl, whom he married, 1st September 1493, in the Canonica in Perugia.
She was the daughter of Luca, an architect and surveyor in the service
of the Marquis of Mantua. Tradition states that she was the model for
the angel with Tobias in the National Gallery. She brought him a dowry
of 500 gold ducats, and had in all seven children; and Vasari states
that Pietro was exceeding fond of her, and so proud of her beauty that
he loved to give her beautiful jewels and costly dresses, and to adorn
her with his own hands. After his death she wrote in 1524 to the
Marchioness of Mantua offering her a picture by her husband (not now
known) of "Mars and Venus discovered together by Vulcan," which was for
sale. This information Braghirolli discovered. She was still living in
1540.

Of Perugino's scholars who so closely followed their master, it will
suffice just to mention Lo Spagna, Eusebio di San Giorgio, Giovanni
Batta Caporali, Tiberio d'Assisi, Giannicola Manni, Rocco Zoppo, Baccio
Ubertini, but the glory of Raphael has overshadowed them all.

It may be well finally to review briefly the characteristics of the
artist, and of his work. Perugino appears to have been a man of great
determination, Lupatelli says of iron will. He had known poverty in his
early days, and had faced it. He was determined to push his way and make
a living, and, if possible, a great name; and he succeeded in his
purpose. Brunamonti speaks several times of his desire to go ahead, and
it is quite clear that he was ambitious and energetic, and hence his
success. There is no proof whatever that he was irreligious, or, as
Vasari implies, atheistic, but his face betokens a mind that would not
ordinarily be satisfied without argument and examination, and it was
perhaps his controversial habits that obtained for him the character
that Vasari has recorded. His employment by the Church, not only by the
Chief Pontiff but by numerous dignitaries and by many religious orders,
and the arrangement just mentioned and entered into by his sons as to
his burial, sufficiently refute Vasari's statements; but beyond this, it
is inconceivable that such pictures as the Pazzi "Crucifixion," the San
Severo "Deposition," the Vallambrosan "Assumption," to name but three
typical ones, could be painted by an irreligious man. I am disposed to
consider his portraits as his finest works, and to me the portraits of
the two monks of Vallombrosa reveal him as a great master, very skilful,
and possessed of wonderful power.

His more popular compositions are many of them of striking beauty,
especially in the delineation of faces, in the landscape, and in the
colouring, and, above all, in that wondrous genius for representing open
limitless space to which attention was given in Chapter I. Perugino is
never dramatic, he is always lyric, and the poetical charm of the
Umbrian school is at its very zenith in his hands. He is not passionate,
as is Botticelli, nor strong, moving, and forceful as is Signorelli.

The delights of movement, the extremes of rage or desire, did not appeal
to him. He was not as diversified as was Lippi; he never reached the
stolid impressiveness of Ghirlandajo, nor the ecstatic devotion of Fra
Angelico. He was not so purely illustrative as was Pinturicchio, but
very far exceeded him both in genius and in power. The emotions of
pathos were not beyond his reach, the stateliness of dignity he could
represent if he desired, but his charm is in the calm quiet of his
pictures, in their tender reverence and exquisite sweetness, in their
poetry rather than in their power. His creations are dreamy and
contemplative, full of faith, hope, and expectation, and they embody and
express the reality of a spiritual world of serene peace and
satisfaction which, in its contrast to the world around us, speaks of
the revelation of a faith that is true. His execution is masterly, his
colouring mystic and glorious, his compositions are complete and united,
his sense of decoration is excellent. He was himself sincere in his
work, and his pictures therefore embody this sincerity, and their
teaching is to lift the soul from sordid thoughts, and to raise it to
Heaven itself.


FOOTNOTES:

[N] In this same year 1510, Perugino painted a "Virgin and Child between
St. Peter and St. Paul," for Agostino Spinola of Savona, Bishop of
Perugia.

[O] A letter dated 30th March 1512, and written from Città della Pieve,
already mentioned, is in existence, and proves not only his presence in
the town in that year but that the St. Agostino altar-piece was at that
time in hand, although not finished till 1521.



CHAPTER X

SAINT SEBASTIAN


There is a tradition in Umbria that upon two occasions Perugino painted
miniatures on vellum, and that these works formed pages in two missals
or Books of Hours. Several times the story was repeated to me, in
Florence, in Perugia, and in other places, and it appears that at one
time manuscript evidence of the fact existed in Rome, and may still
exist. Of one of these pages I can give no information, as the most
diligent inquiry has failed to identify it; but the other one, the
earlier of the two, according to the Roman story, is now in England.

Its history is decidedly a romantic one. The volume to which it belongs
was once in the possession of Cardinal Giovanni Girolamo Albani, and
from him was called the Albani manuscript. He died in 1591, and the
manuscript, which tradition says at one time came into the hands of
Clement XI., passed on down to the possession of another Cardinal
Albani, Giovanni Francesco, at whose death in 1809 it was sold. A small
dealer in curiosities obtained it, and Mr. Denistoune, the great
collector, saw it in his shop near the Ghetto in Rome, and bought it for
22 scudi, about £5 sterling. Mr. Denistoune brought the book to England,
and offered it, so the family story goes, to the British Museum for
£250, but failed to persuade the trustees to purchase it; and so ten
years afterwards when he returned to Rome he took the manuscript with
him.

Gregory XVI. had by this time died, and the carelessness which existed
in his time as to the purchase of art treasures in Rome had become a
thing of the past. The new Pontiff, Pius IX., was much more particular,
and he was ably seconded by Count Rossi in his endeavour to retain in
the Eternal City its chief artistic treasures. Count Rossi heard of the
Albani book, and Mr. Denistoune, alarmed for the safety of his treasure,
wrapped it up in paper, addressed it to his bankers in London, and,
explaining that it was his bank pass-book, gave it over to a lady friend
who was leaving for England, to convey to London.

Within three or four days of the lady's departure, the agents of the
Vatican called on Mr. Denistoune to demand the surrender of the treasure
which had, they declared, been stolen from the Library in the Vatican of
Clement XI. Mr. Denistoune declared he had not got the book they wanted
and gave them permission to search his house. So accurate had been their
information that they went at once to the very place in the bookcase
whence the volume had been so lately removed, and, not finding it there,
they searched the house from top to bottom.

A charge of theft was then formulated against Mr. Denistoune, and he was
taken off to the Castle of St. Angelo, and there confined. Mr.
Denistoune, however, at once appealed to the English consular
authorities, who quickly gave the police to understand that they had
exceeded their powers, and, after two days' imprisonment, Mr. Denistoune
was liberated, and at once left for England. The late Earl of Ashburnham
then heard of the book, and tried hard to get its owner to sell it to
him. At last, in an unguarded moment, Mr. Denistoune cheerily said that
years before he had offered it to the British museum for £250, and he
should not be content with less than three times that price now. Lord
Ashburnham jumped at the figures, produced a bundle of notes, and in a
few moments obtained the coveted treasure for £750. Until a year or two
ago, the little volume rested at Ashburnham Place, but it was privately
sold quite recently, together with several other fine manuscripts, to
Mr. Henry Yates Thompson. It is now in his famous and most wonderful
collection, and it is to his kindness that I owe the privilege of
handling and describing the book. The story has been pieced together
from several narratives told me in Italy.

There are four splendid illuminated pages in the volume, each by a
different hand, and each page the work of some great artist at his very
best. There are also borders and other illuminations, which are probably
the work of yet a fifth miniaturist.

The Perugino page is signed:

    PETRVS PRVSINVS PINXIT,

and represents Saint Sebastian fastened to an upright pillar of wood,
and being shot at by two archers.

These archers are gaily dressed: one, wearing a cap, has long red
stockings, brown shoes, and a blue vest and a brown drapery around his
waist; the other, who is bareheaded, has blue stockings, yellow boots,
a red vest, and green drapery around his waist.

Above, in the air, are two angels, one of whom is turning towards the
martyred saint. One angel has a drapery of puce, with green sleeves, and
has yellow wings; the other wears orange, with red sleeves, and has
green wings. The drapery around Saint Sebastian is puce colour. In the
distance is a lovely typical Perugino landscape, extensive, and full of
light and air; there are hills and rocks, trees and water, exquisitely
painted, and revealing, in their wonderful effect of never-ending
distance, the best work of the artist. The silhouetted effect of the
trees is particularly characteristic. Above is the lofty dome of blue
sky, bearing upon it the strange, frilled, fleecy clouds in which the
artist so delighted, and illuminated by the glow of light that he was so
easily able to produce.

The work I attribute to the 1500-1523 period, as the puce colour, the
colouring of the angels' wings, and the shape of the clouds, all are
characteristics of that period, as well as the subject itself and its
treatment.

It is important to refer briefly to the way in which Perugino painted
Sebastian. There are: 1. the Cerqueto fresco of 1478; 2. the Fiesole
picture, now in the Uffizi, of 1493; 3. the Wantage figure, of about
1498; 4. the Borghese picture, of about 1500; 5. the Panicale fresco, of
1505; 6. the Perugia fresco, of 1518; 7. the manuscript in question; and
the drawing of an archer at Christ Church, Oxford. (I leave out of this
consideration the effeminate St. Sebastian, in the Perugia gallery, Sala
XI., No. 16.)

[Illustration:

_Alinari photo_] [_Perugia Gallery_

THE MARTYRDOM OF ST. SEBASTIAN, 1518]

The Cerqueto one, and all the others save No. 2, represent St.
Sebastian tied to a column of wood; but the Cerqueto fresco is far more
robust in its delineation, more Signorellesque in its muscular power
than any of the others. The bend of the neck and the upward gaze of the
face are distinctive of all seven.

The Uffizi picture alone (2), in which St. Sebastian is one of the two
attendant saints, standing one on either side of the enthroned Madonna,
represents the figure with his hands, as usual, bound behind him, but he
is not bound to a column. In Nos. 2, 3, and 4 the saint stands on the
ground; in the others, 1, 5, 6, and 7, the wooden post is elevated above
the ground. The position of the feet differs in every case, but in each
instance the face is upturned, the hands bound behind the back, the body
nude, save for a loin-cloth, and the flesh pierced by arrows. In No. 7
there is but one mark of an arrow to be noted. The page in question most
closely resembles the Perugia picture, No. 6. This came from the church
of San Francesco al Patro, and was painted in the year of a great
visitation of plague, and the selection of the plague saint is thus
accounted for. In this picture there are the two archers only (whereas
at Panicale there are four), and there are the two angels, which in the
Panicale fresco certainly appear, but are in attendance upon the Eternal
Figure, whose representation appears in the lunette above. One angel in
the Perugia picture (6) bears a crown. It is impossible to say what the
other one carries, as the fresco is so damaged; but the colouring of
these angels very closely resembles the gay colouring in the manuscript.
The column was a very persistent type, as in structure the one painted
in 1478 appears over and over again later on. The column in this
manuscript very closely resembles the central limb of Perugino's crosses
in his crucifixion scenes; and in this detail Lord Wantage's picture
resembles most closely the manuscript; but the landscape, which is but
slight and loose in this picture, is very fine in the manuscript and
almost identical with the Città della Pieve landscape, and with the
Bettona one, and closely resembles the repainted Borghese picture (4),
which has also the frilled clouds that are so distinctive in the
manuscript.

Mr. Thompson's manuscript is in perfect order, and is a most beautiful
work. I have no hesitation in accepting it as a genuine work of
Perugino, and the very folds of the drapery, when compared with the same
arrangement in other pictures, will be found to ratify the attribution.

Comparison with the Perugia fresco (6), will give the probable date of
the manuscript, and will afford a striking example of the readiness with
which Perugino used over and over again the same theme, treated in the
same manner, varying each representation in some slight, characteristic
way, and yet preserving the same general effect which had pleased him so
much in days gone by.



CATALOGUE OF THE WORKS OF PERUGINO


AUSTRIA-HUNGARY.


VIENNA, PICTURE GALLERY.

=The Baptism of Christ.= Panel. 0·29 × 0·22 = 11 in. × 8 in. [24.]

    St. John Baptist is pouring water from a shell upon the head of Our
    Lord, who stands with His feet in the river Jordan. Near by are two
    kneeling figures.

    This closely resembles the same scene in the cathedral at Città
    della Pieve, and is probably a copy.

    _From the collection of the Archduke Sigismond at Innsbruck._

=St. Jerome.= Panel. 0·30 × 0·23 = 1 ft. × 9 in. [25.]

    The saint is kneeling before a crucifix. In his right hand he holds
    a stone, by his side is the lion, and on the ground a cardinal's
    hat.

    _From the same collection._

=Madonna and Child.= 1·86 × 1·44 = 6 ft. 2 in. × 4 ft. 9 in. On paper.
[27.]

    The Madonna is on a throne holding the divine Child on her knees. On
    the right stand St. Jerome and St. Peter, and on the left St. John
    the Baptist and St. Paul.

    On the throne is inscribed: =PRESBITER JOHANNES CHRISTOFERI
    DETERRENO FIERI FECIT MCCCCLXXXXIII.=

    _Purchased in 1796._

=Madonna and Child.= 0·85 × 0·62 = 2 ft. 10 in. × 2 ft. [32.]

    The divine Child, who is on the Virgin's knees, is in the act of
    imparting a benediction. Behind the Madonna are two female saints.

    The picture is signed: =PETRVS PERVSINVS PINXIT.=


LICHTENSTEIN GALLERY.

=Nativity.=

    A Tondo of the Virgin kneeling before the divine Child, who is
    seated upon a sack and supported by an angel. Signed: =PETRVS
    PERVSINVS P.=

    This closely resembles the picture in the Pitti.


BELGIUM.


BRUSSELS, ROYAL PICTURE GALLERY.

=Madonna, Christ and St. John.= Oval, 0·69 × 0·60 = 2 ft. 3 in. × 2 ft.
[477.]

    The Virgin is seated upon a stone bench and holds on her knees the
    infant Christ, who is turning toward St. John.

    _This picture was at one time in the collection of the Princes of
    Conti in Florence. It was sold in 1850 to M. P. Vellati of Rome, and
    from him purchased with two pictures by Crivelli for the Gallery in
    1862._


BRITISH ISLES.


LONDON, NATIONAL GALLERY.

=Virgin and Child and St. John.= Panel. 2 ft. 2 in. × 1 ft. 5 in. [181.]

    The divine Child stands erect on a stone balustrade supported by the
    hands of the Madonna, who is by =His= side, and playing with a lock
    of her hair. St. John stands on the ground and has clasped hands and
    gazes in adoration at the Christ.

    _This picture, which is painted in tempera, was obtained by the late
    Mr. Beckford in Perugia, and purchased of him for the Gallery in
    1841._

    On the hem of the mantle of the Virgin is inscribed: =PETRVS
    PERVGINVS.=

=The Virgin adoring the Divine Child.= Panel; centre 2·1 × 4·2. Side
panels, each 1·10 × 4·2. [288.]

    The left panel is inscribed below: =PETRVS PERVSINVS PINXIT.=

    These three panels were originally in the Certosa di Pavia.

    _These three panels were purchased from the Certosa by one of the
    Melzi family in 1786, and bought of Duke Melzi of Milan for the
    Gallery in 1856._

=The Virgin and Child and two Saints.= Panel. 6·0 x 4·11. [1075.]

    This picture was ordered of Perugino by the testamentary executors
    of Giovanni Schiavone, a master carpenter of Perugia, in 1507, and
    was executed within that year, when it was placed over the altar of
    their chapel in S. Maria Nuova (de' Servi) in an elaborate carved
    but ungilt framework, said to be designed by Pietro himself. After
    the demise of the executors and their heirs the chapel reverted to
    the Frati Serviti, owners of the church, who subsequently sold the
    chapel with its contents to the Cecconi family, at whose extinction
    it was inherited by the family della Penna.

    In 1822 Baron Fabrizio della Penna removed the picture to his palace
    in Perugia, leaving the frame _in situ_, in which at the same time
    was inserted a copy on canvas executed by a young Perugian painter,
    Giuseppe Carattoli.

    _The picture was purchased for the National Gallery from the Baron
    della Penna in 1879._

=The Baptism of Our Lord.= Panel, 1·0 × 1·11. [1431.]

    St. John the Baptist in the centre of the picture is pouring water
    from a cup on the head of the Saviour, who stands with His feet in
    the river. Two angels kneel to the right and two to the left, and
    behind them again stand four of the disciples, two on either side.

    See Chapter I. as to this picture, which I cannot accept as a work
    of Perugino. It is painted in oil upon an unprepared panel.

    _Bought in Rome in 1894 for £400._

=The Adoration of the Shepherds.= Fresco transferred to canvas. 8·2 x
19·5. [1441.]

    In the centre the infant Christ lies, supported by a cushion on a
    purple drapery on the open ground. Behind is a shed surrounded by a
    fence, within which cattle are lying. On the right and left kneel
    the Holy Virgin and St. Joseph, and behind them the shepherds
    approach with offerings. An angel is on either side in the sky.

    This fresco was removed from the church at Fontignano in 1843, and
    is said to be the last work of the painter.

    _It was purchased by the South Kensington Museum in 1862 from Mr. W.
    B. Spence of Florence, and is now lent to the National Gallery._


BRITISH MUSEUM.

=Study for the figures of Tobias and the Angel.= Brown and green.

=Study for the Head of a bearded Saint or Prophet.= Black and white on
brown.

=Study for a Virgin and Child.=

=Study for an angel playing on a Violin.=

=Study of a Female Saint kneeling with clasped hands= (and draperies).

    Her head-dress is twisted, and there is embroidery on her robe.
    Brown heightened with white.

=Study for an Adoration of the Magi.=

=Study for a Pietà.=

    There are two other drawings labelled Perugino which I cannot
    accept, and one in the Malcolm collection which is of Perugino's
    school.


CHRIST CHURCH, OXFORD.

A large finished pen drawing representing the =Deposition of Our Lord=,
in the Pitti Gallery 164.

=A Study of an Archer.=

    A bistre pen drawing for the St. Sebastian at Panicale.

=A Study for the Archangel and Tobias=, in the picture No. 288 in the
National Gallery.


WINDSOR CASTLE COLLECTION.

=Study for a figure of the Sleeping Disciple=, in the Mount of Olives
picture in the Accademia, Florence.

    A pen drawing in bistre.

=Study for the figures of two Sleeping Disciples= for the same picture.

    A pen drawing in bistre.

=Study of a Female Head.=

    Bistre heightened with white.

=Study for the Armour of the figure of St. Michael=, in the picture No.
288 in the National Gallery.

=Study of a Female Head.=

    Attributed to Perugino.

=Study for the Fresco= in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican of the
Delivery to St. Peter of the keys.


=F. A. WHITE, Esq., QUEEN'S GATE, S.W.=

=The Resurrection.= Panel. 10 × 17. Old Masters, 1892. No. 154.

    Christ standing upon the open tomb bearing a banner in his left hand.
    Around, four soldiers, three sleeping and the fourth moving away in an
    attitude of surprise.

    _From the Dudley Collection._


CAPTAIN G. L. HOLFORD, C.I.E., DORCHESTER HOUSE.

=Virgin and Child.= Panel. 19 × 13.

    The Virgin is seated, having the divine Child, who is nude, erect
    upon her knees.


LORD WANTAGE, V.C.

=St. Sebastian and St. Jerome.= Two Panels each. 17 × 7. Old Masters,
1886. No. 197.

    St. Sebastian is bound to a tree, and St. Jerome stands erect with a
    stone in his hand, and behind him is a lion.

    _From an altar-piece._


=L. HARDY, Esq., M.P.=

=Saint in Prayer.= Panel. 31 × 11.

    Figure of a saint to the left with clasped hands.


LORD ALDENHAM, ST DUNSTAN'S, REGENT'S PARK, N.W.

=Virgin and Child.= Panel. 13 × 11. Old Masters, 1886. No. 176.

    The Virgin is seated, and has the divine Child on her knees, and she
    is holding His left hand.


LORD BATTERSEA, SURREY HOUSE, MARBLE ARCH, W.

=Head of a Saint.= Panel. 13 × 10.

    Bust facing, black dress with gold edging.


THE EARL OF DUDLEY'S COLLECTION.

    There were exhibited at the Old Masters Exhibition in 1892, five
    panels, each 10½ × 18, Nos. 146, 147, 148, 154, 155, representing
    "The Nativity," "The Baptism," "Christ and the Woman of Samaria,"
    "The Resurrection," and the "Noli me Tangere."

    _Originally in the Barker collection, No. 154 now belongs to Mr. F.
    A. White (_q.v._); the others have not been traced._


=WILLIAM DRURY-LOWE, Esq., LOCKO PARK, DERBY.=

=Virgin and Child with Saints.= Canvas. 47 × 45. Old Masters, 1893. No.
164.

    The Virgin is seated, with the divine Child, who is nude, erect on
    her knees. His right hand is raised, and in his left is a globe.

    On the left is St. Jerome reading a book, and behind him St. Nicolas
    of Tolenteno. On the right, St. Catherine and a bishop in adoration.

    This is now ascribed by Dr. Richter to Lo Spagna, one of Perugino's
    pupils. The identical picture, executed in fresco, is to be found at
    Spoleto, and is there considered to be Lo Spagna's masterpiece.

    _The above easel replica came from the Palazzo Darino at Milan, and
    was bought in 1852 from Sig. Giovanni Locarnos._


PICTURES AT ONE TIME IN ENGLAND.

    C. and C. describe a "Resurrection," in their time belonging to Lord
    Taunton, and originally in Venice. Signed: =SEPVLCRVM CHRISTI PETRVS
    PERVSINVS PINXIT=.

    They also refer to a "Virgin and Child between St. Jerome and St.
    Peter," once at Manchester, originally at Lucca, and latterly in the
    Northwich collection.


FRANCE.


BORDEAUX, PICTURE GALLERY.

=Virgin and Child enthroned with S. Jerome and four Angels=, from St.
Agostino, Perugia.

    This has never been photographed.


CAEN, MUSEUM, HOTEL DE VILLE.

=St. Jerome.= On Panel. 0·90 × 07·4 = 3 ft. × 2 ft. 5 in. [4.]

    This is probably one of the figures of saints that surrounded the
    great altar-piece at St. Agostino, in Perugia; others at Nantes,
    Toulouse, Lyons, and Grenoble. Signed: =PETRVS PERVSINVS PINXIT=.

    The saint is kneeling before a Cross, a lion is close by, and on a
    tree in the centre of the picture is a large red hat.


CHANTILLY.

=Study for the Head of an Old Man with a beard and wearing a turban.=


GRENOBLE, MUSEUM.

=SS. Sebastian and Apollonia=, from the great altar-piece painted for
St. Agostino, at Perugia.

    _See Caen, Lyons, Nantes, and Toulouse for other panels._


LILLE, PICTURE GALLERY.

The Chevalier Wicar collection of Old Master drawings contains:

=Drawing for the Adoration of the Magi=, from the picture in the Museum
of Rouen. 0·207 × 0·283. [546.]

    In silver paint on prepared paper.


LYONS, PICTURE GALLERY, HOTEL DE VILLE.

=The Ascension.=

    It formed part of a large altar-piece painted in 1495 for S. Pietro
    in Perugia. The lunette belonging to it is in St. Gervais, Paris,
    the predella at Rouen; and of the pilaster panels three are at the
    Vatican and five remain at S. Pietro.

    The Eternal Father is above within a circular glory of rays issuing
    from a cloud. Our Lord rises toward Him pointing upward with both
    hands. There are angels playing on instruments on either side of
    Christ, and below on the ground are the Madonna, St. Peter, St.
    Paul, and the rest of the Apostles.

    _Given to the town by the French Government and confirmed by Pius
    VII. in 1816._

=SS. Herculanus and James.=

    Probably from St. Agostino, Perugia.

    _See Caen, Nantes, and Grenoble for others._


MARSEILLES, PICTURE GALLERY.

=The Family of St. Anne, or the Infant Saviour with His five Cousins.=

    The Madonna is enthroned, with the divine Child on her knees, and
    St. Anne stands behind her and places her hands on the shoulders of
    Our Lady. St. Simon and St. Thaddeus are on the steps of the throne
    playing one with the other. To the right St. Mary Cleophas holds St.
    James the Less in her arms, and St. Joseph has St. Joseph Justus
    standing beside him and holding a stick. To the left is St. Mary
    Salome with St. John in her arms. St. Joachim is behind her, and St.
    James is standing near by. Each of the saints, including St. Anne
    but excluding the Madonna and Child, bears its name in the halo
    around the head. St. Joseph Justus is nude, as is also Our Lord, the
    other five children have slight draperies about them. The throne is
    inscribed: =PETRVS DE CHASTRO PLEBIS PINXIT=.

    _An original drawing for this picture belongs to the Duke of
    Northumberland, and is at Alnwick Castle._


NANTES, PICTURE GALLERY.

=Isaiah and Jeremiah.= Circular pictures. 1·27 diam. = 4 ft. 3 in. [202
and 203.]

    Each picture has an inscription on it. On Isaiah are the words
    =ELEVATA E MAGNIFIC͞ETIA TVA SVP CELOS D͞S=; and on Jeremiah
    =CŒLVM SEDES MEA, TERRA AVT͞E SCABELLV̄ PEDV̄ MEORVM=.

    Probably from St. Agostino, Perugia.

    _See Caen, Lyons, Toulouse, and Grenoble for others._

=Adoration of Christ.= 1·6 × 1·18 = 5 ft. 4 in. × 3 ft. 11 in. [87.]

    The Madonna and St. John with two angels are kneeling and adoring
    the divine Child, who is on a pillow on the ground and has his hand
    raised in benediction.

    The signature is much damaged, and only reads: =PETRVS PERVSI[sN]
    PINXIT=.

    _From the gallery of the Count de Brissac, and given to the Gallery
    of Nantes by the State in 1803._


PARIS, THE LOUVRE.

=Virgin and Child.= Panel, circular. 1·51 diam. = 5 ft. [1564.]

    The Madonna is seated on a throne and has the divine Child on her
    knees. St. Rosa is on her left, St. Catherine on her right. Behind
    are two angels, with clasped hands in adoration. The dress of the
    Virgin is cut square at the neck and fastened with a beautiful
    brooch. The usual Umbrian landscape is in the background with
    clearly defined trees.

    _Once in the Collection Lapeyrière and then passed to the King of
    Holland, from whom in 1850 it was bought for 53,302 francs._

=The Holy Family.= 0·80 × 0·66 = 2 ft. 8 × 2 ft. 2 in. [1565.]

    The Virgin is seated, and holds the divine Child, who is in the act
    of benediction, in her arms. On one side of The Virgin is St.
    Joseph, and on the other St. Catherine of Alexandria. The faces of
    the Virgin and St. Catherine closely resemble one another. St.
    Catherine's name is inscribed on her dress, and the picture is
    signed: =PETRVS PERVSINVS PINXIT=.

    _Collection of Louis XVIII. Purchased of M. Scitivaux._

    A replica is at Vienna, but in that picture St. Agnes is depicted in
    lieu of St. Joseph.

    _See Frankfort._

=St. Paul.= Circular. 1·02 diam. = 3 ft. 4 in. [1566.]

    The saint is standing, his right hand holding the hilt of his sword,
    and his left hand resting on his side. Behind is a stone balustrade.

=St. Sebastian.= [1566=A=.]

    _This picture was obtained in 1896 from the Sciarra Colonna
    Gallery._

    It is inscribed: =SAGITT͞E TVĒ INFIXĒ SVNT MICHI=.

=A Combat between Love and Chastity.= 1·56 × 1·92 = 5 ft. 2 in. × 6 ft.
4 in. [1567.]

    _This picture was executed for Isabella d'Este, Duchess of Mantua,
    and at a later time belonged to Cardinal Richelieu._

=Apollo and Marsyas.= 0·39 × 0·29 = 1 ft. 3 in. × 11 in. [1509.]

    This picture is known under the designation of the Raphael of Morris
    Moore, from the name of the collector who was the first to
    definitely attribute its origin to Raphael.

    Morelli attributes it to Perugino. See Chapter VI.

    _It was purchased by the Louvre in 1883._


ROUEN, NEW MUSEUM.

=Three Small Pictures=, forming the predella of a large altar-piece
formerly at San Pietro in Perugia, and painted for the church in 1495.
They represent the "Adoration of the Magi," "The Baptism," and "The
Resurrection." (472, 3, 4.) The centre piece of the altar-piece is at
Lyons, five of the side panels of saints are still at S. Pietro,
Perugia, _in situ_, and the three remaining side panels in the Vatican.
The lunette is at St. Gervais in Paris.

    _Given by the State to Rouen in 1803._


TARBES (PYRENÉES), PICTURE GALLERY.

=Saint Lawrence.= Life size. Panel.

=Virgin and Child.= Small panel.


TOULOUSE, PICTURE GALLERY.

=St. John the Evangelist and St. Augustine.=

    Probably from St. Agostino, Perugia.

    _See Caen, Lyons, Nantes, and Grenoble for others._


GERMANY.


ALTENBERG, LINDENAU COLLECTION.

C. and C. describe a picture of "St. Helen," and one of "St. Anthony of
Padua," probably sides of the altar-piece at SS. Annunziata de Servi in
Florence.


DRESDEN, ROYAL PICTURE GALLERY.

=St. Crispin.= 0·36 × 0·25 = 1 ft. 2 in. × 10 in. [22.]

    A fragment on panel.


FRANKFORT, STAEDEL GALLERY.

=Virgin and Child with St. John.= 0·68 × 0·52 = 2 ft. 3 in. × 1 ft. 8
in. [16.]

    This picture very closely resembles "The Madonna and Child" at the
    Borghese Gallery, Rome, also the one at Munich, and also the one in
    the Louvre, but neither are replicas one of the other, and each
    differs in important details.

    The groups at Frankfort, Rome, and Munich are evidently, however,
    painted for the face of the Madonna from the same model.

    All four I consider to be genuine but late works.

    _Bought in 1832 in Munich._


LEIPZIG, MUSEUM.

=The Archangel St. Michael.=

    The angel is standing upon the dragon whom he has just killed with a
    great sword. The landscape at the back appears to be the work of the
    master, but the rest of the picture is school work.


MEININGEN, DUCAL PALACE.

M. Berenson states that there are in this collection a "St. John
Baptist," and a "St. John Evangelist," by Perugino; but I have not seen
them.


MUNICH, OLD PINACOTHEK.

=Vision of St. Bernard.= Panel. 1·73 × 1·65 = 5 ft 9 in. × 5 ft. 6 in.
[1034.]

    _Formerly in the Nasi Chapel of the Church of St. Spirito, in
    Florence. Acquired for King Ludwig I. in 1829 or 1830 from the House
    of Capponi in Florence. There is a study for it in the Uffizi 252,
    1115._

    Lippo Lippi, Filippino, and Fra Bartolomeo all took the idea from
    this picture.

=The Virgin adoring the Child.= Panel. 1·95 × 1·56 = 6 ft. 6 in. × 5 ft.
2 in. [1035.]

    The Virgin is standing with clasped hands. The Child is on the
    ground before her. On the left is St. John the Divine, on the right
    St. Nicholas.

    _This picture was taken from Venice to London, thence it came into
    the possession of Mr. Henry of Paris, where, in 1815, it was bought
    by Von Dillis for 18,000 francs._

    Morelli says this is late and superficial in conception, drawing,
    and execution.

=Madonna and Child.= Panel. 0·83 × 0·64 = 2 ft. 9 in. × 2 ft. 1 in.
[1036.]

    The Virgin is seated, and the divine Child, who is nude, is upon her
    knees.

    _Acquired in Florence in 1831 by King Ludwig I., and by the State
    from the King in 1850._

    _See Frankfort._

    Morelli says this is feeble and overcleaned.

=The Baptism of Christ.= 0·30 × 0·30 = 1 ft. × 1 ft. [1037.]

    The Saviour stands in the shallow water with St. John, who holds his
    cross in his left hand and in his right the baptismal shell. Two
    angels stand near by.

=The Resurrection.= 0·30 × 0·40 = 1 ft. × 1 ft. 4 in. [1038.]

    The Saviour stands by the tomb, near which two watchers are asleep;
    a third is running away.

    _Two predella pictures from the estate of Inghirami in Volterra, and
    sold to the Crown Prince in 1818._

    Morelli unites with C. and C. in ascribing them to Perugino.


STRASSBURG.

There was at one time in the Picture Gallery, a portion of the great
altar-piece of 1521 painted for the church of St. Agostino, in Perugia,
but it was destroyed in the conflagration of August 25th, 1870.

    It represented the Madonna, but was at one time labelled as St.
    Apollonia. It was opposite to the archangel in the original
    altar-piece, and was a tondo.


STUTTGART, ROYAL MUSEUM.

=The Nativity.= 87 × 87. [236.]

    Signed: =PETRVS PERRVSINVS.=


ITALY.


CHURCH OF ST. MARY OF THE ANGELS, ASSISI (near).

A fragment of a =Crucifixion= resembling No. 57 in the Accademia. The
upper part was destroyed in 1700 during the demolition of the old choir,
the lower part was restored by Castellani in 1830.

    It is on the Portiuncula on the outside of the east wall.


ASCOLI.

Eastlake states that in a private collection at Ascoli is a "Virgin and
Child surrounded by saints," brought from Mentone, near Città di
Castello, the upper part of which is in gold with reliefs of angels. If
this is so it is quite different to anything else of Perugino's work.


BETTONA, CHURCH OF THE MINORITES.

A votive portrait, commissioned by a Perugian captain called Boto da
Maraglia, who was taken prisoner by the French, but eventually released.
6·3 × 4·6 = 2 ft. 1 in. × 1 ft. 6 in.

    It is in distemper on canvas, and Boto, in full armour, is kneeling
    and looking up to St. Anthony, who holds in one hand a book, and in
    the other the fire.

    The inscription is as follows: =BOTO DE MARAGLIA DE PEROGA QVANDO FO
    PREGIONE DE FRANCIOSE CHE FO ADI XI DE FEBRAIO MDXII PETRVS PINXIT
    DE CASTRO PLEBIS.=

In the same church is a =Madonna between St. Manno and St. Jerome=, with
male and female patrons under her cloak, and with angels above. 6·3 ×
4·6 = 2 ft. 1 in. × 1 ft. 6 in.


BOLOGNA, PINACOTECA.

=The Assumption.= Circa, 1496.

    Signed: =PETRVS PERVGINVS PINXIT.=


BOLOGNA, CHURCH OF ST. MARTINO MAGGIORE.

=The Virgin in Glory.=

    The Virgin is in the sky, standing, a child-angel is on either side,
    and around are cherub heads, while on either side are two kneeling
    angels. Below are the apostles grouped around the empty tomb. There
    are two trees, one on either side of the picture, clearly defined
    against the sky.


BORGO SAN SEPOLCRO, THE CATHEDRAL.

=The Ascension of Christ.=

    _This picture, according to Vasari, was painted in Florence, and
    commissioned by the Abbot Simone de' Graziani, and conveyed to the
    cathedral at heavy cost on the backs of porters. There is a similar
    picture at Lyons very closely resembling this one._ See page 41.

There is a =Study= for three apostles in this picture in the Uffizi
[251, 406.]


CANTIANO, CHURCH OF STA. MARIA DELLA COLLEGIATA.

=The Holy Family.=


CERQUETO.

=Figure of San Sebastian.=

    The inscription recorded by Orsini ("Vita di P.P." p. 204) is as
    follows:

    S popul de Cerqueto a fatta fare questa capella =A.D.= Maria
    Madalena per =C.H.= da peste gi usci liberare Cavandoli da le Hoscie
    =D= tal pena cusigli piaccia cuq =HV= operare che mi e semp ne abbia
    ad scampare e tutti qlli =C.H.= in lei =AN= devotion =AD= laude di
    Dio quisto sermone Petrus Perusinus pinxit =MCCCCLXXVIII=.


CITTÀ DELLA PIEVE, SANTA MARIA DE BIANCA.

=Fresco.= About 18 × 18.

    The Madonna is seated on a throne under the usual open-roofed
    canopy, and bears the Infant Christ on her knees. Behind her are the
    cattle, and at her side St. Joseph with his staff. Two of the kings
    are kneeling and presenting their gifts. The third is bringing his
    in. Around are their companions and attendants, and in the
    background their retinue of horsemen. There is an angel flying
    toward the canopy, and below it is the star.

    The picture is inscribed: =A.D. MDIIIJ.=


CITTÀ DELLA PIEVE, CHURCH OF ST. PETER.

=St. Anthony.= Fresco.

    St. Anthony seated on a throne, one hand resting on a staff, the
    other raised in benediction. He is between St. Paul the Hermit and
    St. Marcellus (or Macarius), who stand beside him. High up above is
    the Eternal Father within a mandorla of cherubs.


CITTÀ DELLA PIEVE, THE CATHEDRAL.

Behind the High Altar--=Virgin in Glory=.

    The Madonna is adored by St. Protasius, St. Peter, St. Paul, and St.
    Gervasius, and the two Umbrian saints carry flags in their hands
    which bear the arms of Città della Pieve.

    _The picture was ordered in 1513 Marchisino Cristophori Mansii,
    prior of St. Gervasio._

    It is inscribed: =PETRVS CRISTOFERI VANVTII DE CASTRO PLEBIS PINXIT
    MDXIII.=

First chapel on left--=Baptism of Christ by St. John=.

    St. John is pouring the water from a shell over Our Lord's head. Two
    angels stand by, and above is the Dove of the Holy Spirit.

Right of High Altar--=Virgin and Child seated on a throne, with St. John
Baptist, St. John Divine, St. Domenic, and St. Francis.= (Dated 1513.)
Two angels are above.


CITTÀ DELLA PIEVE, ST. MARIA DE SERVI.

A fragment of a =Descent from the Cross=, in which the Madonna is
supported by two Maries.

    It is dated 1517. The inscription is much mutilated, and seems to
    read something as follows: ..... esta hopera fero depengere la
    campagnia della S .... Cossi dicta in li anno dmi =MDXVII= Petr P P.


CORCIANO.

=The Assumption of the Virgin.=

    St. Thomas is below between two groups of the other disciples
    receiving the girdle of Our Lady.

In the Sacristy of the Church are the two predella panels representing
the "Adoration of the Magi" and "The Annunciation."


CREMONA, CHURCH OF ST. AGOSTINO.

=The Virgin with St. James and St. Augustine.=

    The Virgin is on a throne, and holds the divine Child in her arms.
    On the left is St. James, on the right St. Augustine.

    On the throne is inscribed: =PETRVS PERVSINVS PINXIT
    MCCCCLXXXXIIII.=


DERUTA

=Frescoes= are attributed to Pietro by Orsini at this place, but I was
unable to find out where they are, and think that they must have
disappeared.


FANO, CHURCH OF STA. MARIA NUOVA.

=The Annunciation.= (2nd chapel.)

    The angel, holding the lily, is kneeling before Our Lady, who turns
    to leave him and with uplifted hands expresses bewilderment at his
    message. Above, the Eternal Father, seated within a circle of
    cherubs, looks down in love upon the Madonna. The Holy Ghost as a
    dove is flying toward the Virgin. The inscription is much mutilated
    and reads as follows: =S.A.T. .... CALE .... TTI QVE PATRVI OLIM PON
    .... ENERII HAC TABVLA ER .. GI IN .... OHC .... TVRA A .... VII
    MCCCC .... III PETRVS DE C .... TRO PL. ....=.

=The Virgin and Child.= (3rd chapel.)

    Our Lady is seated on a throne in the midst under a vaulted portico,
    and holds the divine Child in her arms. Around are six saints, St.
    John, St. Francis, St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Mary Magdalen, and a
    bishop.

    The lunette represents "The Resurrection," the predella "The Birth
    of the Virgin," "The Presentation," "The Marriage," "The
    Annunciation," and "The Assumption."

    A mutilated inscription on the throne reads: =dvrantis phanen ad
    intemerate Virginis lavdē tercentv͞m avreis alq [D] hvjvs
    templi Bono centv̄ svperaditis hanc solerti cvra fieri demandavit
    Matteo de Martinotiis fidei commissario procvranti mcccc 97 petrvs
    pervsinvs pinxit.=


FOLIGNO, CHURCH OF LA NUNZIATELLA.

=The Baptism of Christ.= Circa 1507.

    Our Lord is being baptised by St. John. Four angels stand around
    watching, and in the air are two other angels and seven cherubs. The
    Holy Ghost is descending in the form of a dove. High above in the
    curve of the archway is the Eternal Father holding the globe in one
    hand and with the other upraised in benediction. On either side are
    kneeling angels, and around are cherubs.

    The inscription between the picture and its lunette is hardly
    visible, but appears to be =DEO ET BEATO JOANNI BATTISTAE SACRVM
    PIETATE JOANNIS BAPTISTE=. The date which originally followed the
    inscription cannot be read.


FLORENCE, THE PITTI PALACE.

=Mary Magdalen.= Panel, 0·47 × 0·35 = 1 ft. 6 in. × 1 ft. 2 in. [42.]

    On the ornament of the dress is inscribed: "Santa Maria Maddalena."

=Portrait of a Woman=, sometimes called "=The Nun=." Panel. [140.]

    _Bought by Ferdinand III. from Marquis Niccoloni._

    It has been attributed to Leonarda da Vinci and to Piero di Cosimo.

    Morelli says that this picture is the work of Perugino.

=The Entombment.= [164.]

    The picture is signed: =PETRVS PERVSINVS PINXIT AD MCCCCLXXXXV.=

    There are three studies for this in the Uffizi, 255, 411, 412, 413,
    and a large study for the complete picture at Christ Church, Oxford.

=The Adoration of the Infant Christ.= Panel, 0·86 × 0·86 = 2 ft. 10 in.
× 2 ft. 10 in. [219.]

    In the centre of the picture is Our Lady on her knees with clasped
    hands in the act of adoring the divine Child, who is nude and seated
    upon a sack and supported by an angel. On the other of the Virgin is
    the child St. John, kneeling on one knee and also in adoration of
    the Christ.


FLORENCE, THE UFFIZI PALACE.

=Portrait=, believed to represent Francesco delle Opere, a Florentine
artist, a brother of the celebrated Giovanni Corniole. He died in Venice
1496. [287.]

    The portrait is of a man with bushy hair. He has bright eyes, and is
    clean shaven. He wears a cap on his head and is clothed in a loose
    soutane. In his hand is a roll bearing these words =TIMETE DEVM=.
    The background is an Umbrian landscape.

    The picture is inscribed on the back: 1494 D'Luglio Pietro Perugino
    Pinse Franco del Ope (delle Opere).

=Madonna and Child with two Saints.= [1122.]

    The Virgin is seated on a throne beneath a vaulted archway. She has
    the divine Child on her knees. At her left stands St. Sebastian; on
    the right St. John Baptist.

    The inscription on the base of the throne reads: =PETRVS PERVSINVS
    PINXIT AN MCCCCLXXXXIIJ.=

    _The picture was painted for the Church of San Domenico at Fiesole._

There are also three studies in the Uffizi for the =Pietà= in the Pitti.


FLORENCE, THE ACADEMY.

=Portrait of Don Biagio Milanesi=, General of the Vallombrosan Order.
1499-1500. [17.]

=Portrait of Don Baldassare=, Monk of Vallombrosa. 1499-1500. [17 bis.]

=Christ on the Mount of Olives.= 1492-9. [53.]

    _Painted for the Convent of the Gesuati, in Florence._

=The Assumption.= [55.]

    At the extreme top is the Eternal Father in a circle with adoring
    angels. Below, in a mandorla, is Our Lady surrounded by a group of
    cherubs, who, in their arrangement, follow the lines of the
    mandorla. On either side are standing angels playing on musical
    instruments, and below are flying angels and cherub faces. On the
    ground as spectators of the mystery are four Vallombrosan saints:

    Cardinal San Bernardo degli Uberti, San Giovanni Gualberto the
    founder, St. Benedict, and the Archangel Michael.

    The picture is signed: =PETRVS PERVSINVS PINXIT AD MCCCCC.=

    _This picture was painted for Vallombrosa._

=The Crucifixion.= [78.]

    On one side of the cross stands The Virgin, on the other St. Jerome
    with his lion.

    _From the Monastery of St. Jerome in Florence._

=The Entombment.= [56.]

    _This picture was also painted (in about 1493), for the Convent of
    the Gesuati._

=The Descent from the Cross.= [57.]

    The lower part of the picture is Perugino's work, and the
    background. Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathæa are on the left. The
    Madonna, fainting, but supported by the holy women, is on the right,
    and in the centre at the foot of the cross kneels Mary Magdalen. The
    three nails are in the foreground placed on the clothes of one of
    the men.

    _This picture was begun in 1503 by Filippino Lippi for the brethren
    of SS. Annunziata de Servi, at the expense of Jacopo Federighi, a
    Knight of Malta. Upon Filippino's death in April 1504 it was
    completed by Perugino._


=Drawings.=

Case 255. Nos 411, 412, 413. Study for the "Deposition from the
                Cross" in the Pitti Gallery. Silver paint in bistre
                touched up with white, on grey paper.

     254.  407. Five figures turning to the right.

           409. St Francis. Study for figure in picture in SS.
                Annunziata. Pen and ink.

           418. St. Jerome kneeling.

     253. 1307. Virgin and Child.

          1147. Figure of a young man.

           402. Venus and Cupid. Etching in bistre touched up
                in white for the Cambio.

          1317. Figure of a monk.

     252. 1320. An angel and a lily.

           400. Pericles. Pen and ink. For the Cambio.

          1435. Figure of a monk.

           416. Head of

          1115. Vision of St. Bernard. Study for the picture at
                Munich, 1024.

           408. St. Catherine; and on the reverse of it, Four Loves.
                Pen and ink.

           363. Madonna and Child. Study for the picture at
                Perugia. Sala XI. 6.

           401. Moses. For the Cambio.

           511. Two figures.

Case 251.  415. Socrates. For the Cambio.

           405. Group of five Apostles. Study for the Assumption
                at SS. Annunziata.

           417. The Madonna. Study for the figure in Sta. Maria
                dei Pazzi.

           403. Three Apostles. Study for the Assumption at
                Borgo San Sepolcro. Etched in bistre, heightened
                with white on tinted paper. On the back of
                252, 400, is a Christ on the Cross, in silver paint
                on blue paper. Study for the Sta. Maria de
                Pazzi picture.

     256.  309. The Cumean Sibyl. For the Cambio.


FLORENCE, CHAPTER-HOUSE OF SANTA MARIA MADDALENA DEI PAZZI.

=The Crucifixion.= This is a very large fresco in three compartments.
Circa 1496.

    In the centre is Our Lord upon the Cross, with Mary Magdalen
    kneeling. In the right division, St. John and St. Benedict. In the
    left, the Virgin and St. Bernard. Each division is framed by an
    archway of pillars.

    There are studies in the Uffizi for the "Madonna," 251, 417; and for
    the "Christ on the Cross," 252, 400.


FLORENCE, CHURCH OF SS. ANNUNZIATA.

In the fifth chapel on the left is a =Virgin and Child enthroned between
St. John Baptist and St. Francis=, much of which was probably painted by
the pupils of Perugino.

    There is a study for the St. Francis in the Uffizi, 254, 409.

In the seventh Chapel is an =Assumption of the Virgin.=

    The Madonna is in a luminous mandorla of rays and surrounded by
    angels and cherubs, while below on the ground the apostles and holy
    women, who are gazing up into heaven.

    There is a study for five of the apostles in the Uffizi, 257, 405.


FLORENCE, CHURCH OF LA CALZA.

=The Crucifixion.=

    The Magdalen is at the foot of the cross, and around are St. Jerome,
    St. Francis, St. John Baptist, and St. Giovanni Columbini of Siena.


FLORENCE, VIA FAENZA.

I am only prepared to accept the general idea of the =Cena di Foligno=
as belonging to Perugino. He may have done the landscape, but I doubt
it; and the figures around the table I do not think are his at all. Mr.
Berenson, however, accepts part of this work as Perugino's, and dates it
very early about 1490.


FLORENCE, ST. SPIRITO WEST WINDOW.

=Ascension.=

    Mr. Berenson states that this is from a design by Perugino.


MACERATA.

=Madonna and Child with two Saints.=

    Only a small part of this is by the master, the remainder is by
    pupils.


MILAN, POLDI PEZZOLI MUSEUM.

=Madonna and Child.= Panel. 0·29 × 0·23 = 11 in. × 9 in.

    The Virgin is seated, and has the divine Child on her knees. On
    either side of her is an angel, one having clasped hands and the
    other with its hands folded across its breast.


MONTEFALCO, CHURCH OF ST. FRANCIS (NEW PINACOTECA).

=The Nativity.=

    Perugino's favourite structure with a pointed roof resting on four
    columns occupies the centre of the picture; under it is the divine
    Child lying upon the ground. The Madonna and St. Joseph are kneeling
    on either side, and behind them are the shepherds and some cattle.
    Above, in the curve of the arch, is depicted the Eternal Father
    seated on the clouds within a mandorla of cherubs heads and on
    either side are kneeling adoring angels.


NAPLES, NATIONAL MUSEUM.

=Madonna and Child.= [11.]

    Our Lady is seated, and has the divine Child, who is nude, on her
    knee. The scene is in a rocky valley. On the left is a man on a
    white horse and three youthful companions, on the right a group of
    five persons, two of whom hold golden cups in their hands.


NAPLES, DUOMO.

=The Assumption.= Said to be dated 1460.

    This picture was commissioned, so Vasari says, by Cardinal Oliviero
    Caraffa, who is represented kneeling to the left.

    The Madonna is in a mandorla; two angels above are crowning her, and
    other angels playing on instruments are around. Below are the
    apostles and St. Paul, and to the left, the Cardinal with St.
    Januarius.

    I have not seen this picture.


PANICALE, LAGO TRASIMENO, CHURCH OF ST. SEBASTIAN.

=Martyrdom of St. Sebastian.= Fresco.

    The saint is bound to a column which stands on a marble throne in
    the centre of the pavement of an arched Temple. Four archers are
    engaged in shooting arrows at the Saint. The Eternal Father appears
    high above, seated within a circle of cherubs and having on either
    side a kneeling angel.

    On the pedestal is =P .... DE CASTRO ....= and on the four pillars
    the date =A.D. MDV.=

    There is a study for one of the archers at Christ Church, Oxford.


PANICALE, LAGO TRASIMENO, CHURCH OF ST. AUGUSTINE.

=Virgin and Child.=

    The Madonna is in the sky within a mandorla of cherubs, and has four
    angels around her playing on instruments. Below are two saints.

    Much of this picture is by Lo Spagna.


PAVIA, CERTOSA.

A picture of six divisions of which the central one in the upper tier is
alone by Perugino.

    It represents the Eternal Father seated, holding the globe in one
    hand and giving the benediction with the other. Cherub heads are all
    around the seated figure.

    The three panels in the lower tier are now in the National Gallery,
    London, and copies take their places in the Certosa at Pavia.

    On either side of the Perugino panel have now been inserted panels
    by Borgognone.

    The picture is in the second chapel on the left, that of St. Michael
    the Archangel.


PERUGIA, PINACOTECA VANNUCCI.

=The Coronation of the Virgin.= [Sala VIII. 24.]

    This is a double picture, one side being in this room and the
    reverse in Sala X. No. 25.

    _From the church of S. Francesco al Monte._

=St. Jerome and St. Mary Magdalen.= [Sala X. 1.]

    By the side of St. Jerome is his lion, and in the Magdalen's hand is
    the cup of ointment.

    _From the church of St. Agostino._

=St. Sebastian bound to a column and shot at by two Archers=; above are
two angels. Dated =A.D. MDXVIII.= [Sala X. 2.]

    _From the church of S. Francesco al Prato._

=Pietà.= [Sala X. 10.]

    Our Lord crowned, standing and extending His hands.

    This was originally in an altar-piece, the frame of which is in Sala
    XIII. No. 16, and the place is still empty which the Pietà filled.
    In the lower part of the frame a picture by Eusebio has been placed.

=The Baptism of Christ.= [Sala X. 11.]

    St. John stands by the side of Our Lord and is pouring the water
    upon His head. The Holy Spirit as a dove within a circle of golden
    rays is in the heavens above attended by cherubs and two adoring
    angels. Two female saints are on the ground beneath.

    _From the great altar-piece in St. Agostino._

=The Eternal Father seated and surrounded by Cherubs.= [6.]

    The lunette for above altar-piece.

=The Preaching of St. John Baptist.= [7.]

=The Marriage of Cana in Galilee.= [12.]

    These are the predella pieces for above altar-piece and its opposite
    face.

=The Adoration of the Magi.= [21.]

=The Offering of Christ in the Temple.= [16.]

=The Prophet David.= [15.]

=The Prophet Daniel.= [19.]

    These were part of the same altar-piece. The remaining two are at
    Nantes.

=The Birth of Christ.= [20.]

    This is the reverse side of the St. Agostino altar-piece, "The
    Baptism of Christ" No. 11 being the other side.

=San Lorenzo.= [8.]

=St. Louis the Bishop.= [9.]

=San Costanzo.= [13.]

=A Martyr.= [14.]

=St. Jerome.= [17.]

=St. Lucy.= [18.]

=San Nicola da Tolentino.= [22.]

=St. Monica.= [23.]

    These eight saints surrounded the same altar-piece at St. Agostino,
    and are believed to have been at the corners on either side.

=Madonna with the divine Child and Saint.= [24.]

=The Archangel Gabriel.= [26.]

    These are also believed to have formed part of the same altar-piece.

=A Crucifixion.= [25.]

    This was the opposite side of the picture in Sala X. No. 2.

    The figure of the Crucified Lord is finely carved in wood and laid
    upon the canvas.

    _From the church of S. Francesco al Monte._

=St. James.= [4.]

=St. Jerome.= [5.]

    _Deposited by the Sodality of St. Martin._

=The Transfiguration.= [Sala XI. 2.]

    Our Lord is above in the heavens, standing with hands extended, and
    within a mandorla of cherub heads. Moses and Elias kneel in the
    clouds, one on either side of the Christ. Below are the three
    disciples gazing upwards and shielding their eyes with their hands
    from the blinding splendour of the sight.

    The three predella pictures to this altar-piece (which was
    originally in Santa Maria Nuova) represent "The Annunciation," "The
    Birth of Christ," and "The Baptism of Christ."

=The Virgin and Child.= [6.]

    There is a study for it in the Uffizi, 252, 363.

    _Painted in 1497._

    _Deposited by the Nobile Confraternita di San Pietro Martire._

=The Virgin of Consolation.= [14.]

    The Madonna is seated in the heavens, bearing the divine Child, who
    is nude, erect on her knees. On either side are adoring angels, and
    around are cherubs. Beneath, on the ground, kneel San Francesco and
    San Bernardino praying for the people who stand in a great crowd in
    the middle distance gazing up to the Madonna. In the extreme
    distance is a view of Perugia.

    _Deposited by the Nobile Confraternita della Giustizia._

=The Virgin and Child.= [15.]

    The Madonna is seated in the heavens and has three cherubs under her
    feet. On either side are kneeling San Niccolo and San Bernardino da
    Siena. On the ground St. Jerome, with his lion, and St. Sebastian
    are also kneeling. In the distance is a view of the city of Perugia.

    _From the church of S. Agostino._

=St. John Baptist and four other Saints.= [16.]

    St. John stands on a mound in the midst and holds his tall cross,
    and with one hand points to heaven. On his left is St. Anthony of
    Padua and St. Sebastian, the latter being partly in armour and
    wearing a fantastic head-dress and holding an arrow daintily in one
    hand. On the right are St. Jerome and St. Francis.

=St. John the Divine.= [Sala XII. 4.]

=St. Luke the Evangelist.= [8.]

    These are _attributed_ to Perugino in the catalogue.

=The Birth of Christ.= A lunette. Fresco. [Sala XIII. 51.]

    The divine Child is on a cushion on the ground, and near by are the
    Madonna, St. Joseph, and three shepherds, all kneeling in adoration.
    The usual wooden square erection occupies the centre of the picture.
    Some cattle are seen near at hand.

    _From the east door of the church of S. Francesco al Monte._


PERUGIA, DUOMO.

=Virgin and Child and Saints.=

    The Madonna is seated under a canopy and holds the divine Child, who
    raises His hand in benediction, in her arms. On the left stands St.
    Sebastian holding an arrow, on the right is a female saint kneeling,
    and behind her stands St. Joseph with his staff.


PERUGIA, CHURCH OF S. SEVERO.

Raphael's first fresco of =Our Lord and many Saints=, to which Perugino
made additions in 1521.

    The inscriptions upon it are as follows: =RAPHAEL DE VRBINO DOM
    OCTAVIANO STEPHANO VOLATERANO PRIORE SANCTAM TRINITATEM ANGELOS
    ASTANTES SANCTOSQUE PINXIT A.D. MDV.=; and below with the figures of
    SS. Scholastica, Jerome, John the Divine, Gregory, Boniface, and
    Martha: =PETRVS DE CASTRO PLEBIS PERVSINVS TEMP. DOMINI SILVESTRI
    STEPHANI VOLATERRANI A DEXTERIS ET SINISTRIS DIV. CHRISTOPHORAE
    SANCTOS SANCTASQVE PINXIT A.D. MDXXI.=

    In the upper part is the Eternal Father, and below is Our Lord
    seated, and above His head the white dove of the Holy Spirit. On
    either side and around Him are adoring angels, and near by, seated
    in two groups, are, on His right three saints, SS. Maurus, Placidus,
    and Benedict, and on His left three more saints, SS. Romualdus,
    Benedict Martyr, and John Martyr.


PERUGIA, CHURCH OF S. PIETRO.

=Pietà.=

    The dead body of Our Lord has just been lifted from the tomb by St.
    Joseph of Arimathæa, who is supporting it in sitting posture on the
    edge of the tomb. On either side are St. Mary Magdalen and Our Lady,
    each holding one hand of Christ.

    This was originally part of the great altar-piece of St. Agostino.

    _For other parts see Grenoble, Toulouse, Lyons, Nantes, Strasburg,
    and the Pinacoteca._


PERUGIA, NUNNERY OF S. AGNESE.

=The Eternal Father with SS. Sebastian and Rocu.=

=Crucifixion, with two Angels, the Virgin, and St. John Baptist.=

=The Virgin, with two Angels, St. Anthony the Abbot, St. Anthony of
Padua, St. Elizabeth of Portugal, St. Elizabeth of Hungary.=

    Said to have been signed: =PETRVS PINSIT 1522.=

These cannot be seen as the house is now strictly cloistered.


PERUGIA, COLLEGIO DEL CAMBIO.

Entirely decorated in fresco.

First and third picture. Twelve standing figures in groups of three,
each group consisting of a Greek between two Romans.

  1. Fabius Maximus, Socrates, Numa Pompilius.
  2. Furius Camillus, Pittacus, Trajan.
  3. Lucius Sicinius, Leonidas, Horatius Cocles.
  4. Scipio, Pericles, Cincinnatus.

    Above the first six figures are seated representations of Prudence
    and Justice, the virtues, illustrated by the philosophers, and on
    tablets carried by cherubs the following two inscriptions:

    QUID GENERI HVMANO PRÆSTAS DEA DIC AGE PRÆSTO
      NE FACIAS QVAE MOX FACTA DOLERE QUEAS
    SCRUTARI VERVM DOCEO CAUSASQVE LATENTES
      ET PER ME POTERIT NIL NISI RITE GERI.

    SI TRIBVS HIS CVNCTOS SIMILES PIA NVMINA GIGNANT
      NIL TOTO SCELERIS NIL SIT IN ORBE MALI
    ME CVLTA AVGENTVR POPVLI BELLOQVE TOGAQVE
      ET SINE ME FVERANT QVAE MODO MAGNA RVVNT.

The Rev. H. R. Ware renders these verses in English as follows:

    Thy gifts to man, Oh! Goddess, now relate.
    "To do, what done, shall bring no bitter fate;
    I show where truth lies hid, the causes tell,
    Which learned from me thou may'st do all things well."

or, as an alternative, the last line may read

    (Whereby the seeker may do all things well.)

    "If the good gods make all men like these three,
    In the wide world no wickedness would be.
    By me the nations grow in war and peace,
    Without my worship antient powers decrease."

Another rendering by the Rev. T. C. Robson is very close to the original
but is not as melodious and easy as Mr. Ware's.

    Speak, Goddess, where thy gift to man appears.
    "My gift to prompt to deeds that cause no tears.
    Truth to unveil, secrets to learn I teach,
    No slave of mine heaven's justice would impeach.
    Had heaven made all men like these three
    Evil and crime had ceased to be;
    I guide both sword and pen to better ways,
    Force without me will fall on evil days."

    Above the second six figures are similar representations of
    Fortitude and Temperance, the virtues specially illustrated by the
    warriors and similar inscriptions thus:

    CEDERE CVNTA MEIS PULSA ET DISIECTA LACERTIS
      MAGNA SATIS FVERINT TRES DOCVMENTA VIRI
    NIL EGO PRO PATRIA TIMEO CHARISQVE PROPINQVIS
      QVAEQVE ALIOS TERRET MORS MIHI GRATA VENIT.

    DIC DEA QVAE TIBI VIS MORES REGO PECTORIS AESTVS
      TEMPERO ET HIS ALIOS CVM VOLO REDDO PARES
    ME SEQVERE ET QVA TE SVPERES RATIONE DOCEBO
      QVID TV QVOD VALEAS VINCERE MAIVS ERIT.

Mr. Ware's translation of these verses is very happy:

    Three heroes proof infallible have given
    That by my arms all foes are backward driven,
    I have no fear for country nor for friends
    The king of terror brings to me amends.
    Goddess, reveal thy might. "I rule the life;
    Heroes I train by tempering passion's strife:
    Follow my rule, thy fiery heart restrain,
    What greater victory canst thou ere attain."

An alternative of these four lines would be,

    Oh! Goddess, tell the secret of thy might.
    "I rule the heart, its foaming tides I fight.
    Follow my rule, the storms of passion bind;
    So conquering self a greater self you'll find."

Mr. Robson's rendering is as follows:

    All things beneath my hand in scattered ruin lie.
    Witness these three whose might can none deny.
    My land, my loved ones, ever I defend,
    And Death, to others Foe, to me is friend.
    Speak, Goddess, from thy throne. "Manners my right.
    To cool men's souls and balance passion's might.
    With me as guide self-conquest thou shalt learn,
    Who then will dare that master will to spurn."

    The name of each of the standing figures is clearly recorded at his
    feet.

    Between these two great groups on a pilaster is the portrait of
    Perugino with this inscription: =PETRVS PERVSINVS EGREGIVS PICTOR.=

    PERDITA SI FUERAT PINGENDI HIS RETULIT ARTEM;
      SI NUSQUAM INVENTA EST HACTENUS IPSE DEDIT.

On the end wall are representations of =The Transfiguration and
Nativity.=

    In the former Our Lord is in the clouds in a mandorla of rays, and
    His hands are raised in benediction. On either side kneel Moses and
    Elias, and in the sky are the words: =HIC EST FILIVS MEVS DILECTVS.=
    On the ground gazing up, but shading their faces from the glory, are
    the three disciples.

    In the "Nativity" the divine Child is on the ground, and around,
    under a canopy raised on six columns, are kneeling the Madonna, St.
    Joseph, and the shepherds. There are cattle nearby, and above, in
    the heavens, three angels singing, and above their heads the words:
    =GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO.=

On the right wall is a =Group of Prophets and Sibyls=, Isaiah, Moses,
Daniel, David, and Jeremiah, and opposite to them the Persian, Cumæan,
Libyan, Tyburtine, and Delphic sibyls. Above them, in the clouds,
surrounded by cherubs and adoring angels, is a representation of =The
Eternal Father=.

Near the door is a fine standing figure of =Cato=, and in the ceiling
are medallions of the deities representing the seven planets set amidst
a profusion of diversified arabesques.

    There are studies in the Uffizi for several of the figures in the
    Cambio: Socrates (251, 415), Pericles (252, 400), "Moses" (252,
    401), "The Cumean Sibyl" (256, 309), "Venus and Cupid" (253, 402),
    "The Infant Christ" (_verso_ of, 252, 401).


ROME, VATICAN, CAPPELLA SISTINA.

=St. Peter receiving the Keys.=

    There is a study in the Uffizi, 252, 416, for one of the heads in
    this fresco.


ROME, VATICAN, STANZA DELL' INCENDIO.

The =CEILING= painted by Perugino was spared by Raphael in 1508 when
Pope Julius II. ordered the destruction of all existing work in order
that Raphael might entirely complete the decoration. The ceiling is in
four circular compartments.

    The first represents, within a mandorla of cherubs, and surrounded
    with angels the Eternal Father holding the globe and giving
    benediction.

    The second, the Saviour in glory, within a mandorla, and surrounded
    with angels and cherubs.

    The third, the Saviour surrounded by His apostles and St. Paul,
    while above Him is the Eternal Father with angels, and at His feet
    the Dove of the Holy Ghost.

    The fourth depicts the Eternal Father between two saints and
    surrounded by angels and cherubs.


ROME, VATICAN, PINACOTECA.

=The Resurrection.= Panel. 2·27 × 1·67 = 7 ft. 6 in. × 5 ft. 6 in.

=The Madonna and Child.= 0·89 × 1·65 = 2 ft. 11 in. × 5 ft. 6 in.

    The Virgin is seated on a magnificent canopied throne beneath a
    vaulted archway. The divine Child is nude, and stands erect on her
    knees. Around are four saints patrons of Perugia, St. Herculanus,
    St. Constantius, St. Lawrence, and St. Louis of Toulouse, all richly
    dressed.

    The throne is inscribed: =HOC PETRVS DE CHASTRO PLEBIS PINXIT=

    _This was originally in the chapel of the Town Hall at Perugia, for
    which it was painted, and was carried to Paris in 1797._

=SS. Placido, Flavia, and Benedict.= 0·31 × 0·26 each.

    San Placido bears the Palm, San Benedetto the holy water, asperge,
    and a book, and Santa Flavia is crowned and has her hands clasped.
    She and San Placido were brother and sister and early disciples of
    St. Benedict.

    _From the pilasters forming the sides of the "Ascension" removed
    from the Benedictine Church of S. Pietro in Perugia and now at
    Lyons._


ROME, VILLA BORGHESE.

=St. Sebastian.= 1·09 × 0·69 = 3 ft. 7 in. × 2 ft. 3 in. [386.]

    The saint stands under an open archway, bound to a central column.
    He is pierced with five arrows, and is looking upwards.

=Virgin and Child.= 0·45 × 0·37 = 1 ft. 6 in. × 1 ft. 2 in. [401.]

    The Virgin is seated, and holds the divine Child, who is nude, erect
    on her knees.

    _See Frankfort._


ROME, VILLA ALBANI.

=Altar-piece.= [37.]

    This is in six compartments representing the "Adoration of the
    Divine Child," and "The Crucifixion." "The Nativity" is below. At
    the sides are an angel and an Annunciation.

    The picture is inscribed on the capitals, =PETRVS DE PERVSIA PINXIT
    MCCVIIII PRIMO=.


SIENA, CHURCH OF ST. AGOSTINO.

=The Crucifixion.=

    _For this picture Perugino was paid 200 golden ducats._


SINIGAGLIA, MONASTERY CHURCH OF STA. MARIA DELLA GRAZIE.

=Virgin and Child with Saints.=

    The Virgin is on a throne, bearing the divine Child in her arms.
    Around stand St. John Baptist, St. Louis of France, St. Francis, St.
    Peter, St. Paul, and St. James (or St. John and St. Andrew).

    _Almost a replica of the one at Fano._


SPELLO, CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE.

=Pietà.=

    Our Lady is seated on a throne, and holds the dead body of the
    Christ in her arms and on her knees. On one side of her kneels Mary
    Magdalen, and on the right St. John. Above their heads are cherub
    faces floating in the air. From the canopy of the throne are
    suspended two tablets bearing these words: =PETRVS DE CHASTRO PLEB
    PINSIT AD MDXXI.=; and on the foot of the throne is inscribed:
    =MICHAL AGELVS ANDINE=.

=Virgin and Child and Saints.=

    The Virgin is seated on a throne, holding the divine Child, who
    stands erect and nude on her knees. On her left stands St.
    Catherine, with wheel and palm, and on the right St. Blaise, in
    episcopal habit, with mitre and crozier, holding the wool comb.

    The throne is inscribed: =EX SPEIS JOANNE BERNAR DELLI AD MDXXI DIE
    XXV APRILIS=.


TREVI, CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA DELLE LACRIME.

=The Adoration of the Magi.=

    The throne is inscribed: =PETRVS IN CASTRO PLEBIS PINXIT=.

    TU SOLA IN TERRIS GENETRIX ET VIRGO FVISTI
      REGINA IN CELIS TV QVOQVE SOLA MANES.


VERONA, MUSEO CIVICO.

=The Madonna adoring the Christ.= [120.]

    The Virgin is standing in the centre of the picture with clasped
    hands and in front of a stone balustrade. On either side are
    kneeling angels. The one on the right holds the divine Child, whom
    the Virgin is adoring, the other rests her hands on the shoulders of
    St. John Baptist, who is also adoring the Christ. In the background
    is the usual landscape which appears to be undoubtedly the work of
    Perugino, and probably also the figure of the Virgin; but the angels
    and children are school work.

=The Adoration of the Magi.= [95.]



CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF PICTURES


1475      Certain frescoes in the great hall
          of the Palazzo Publico. Mentioned
          by Milanesi.

1478      Certain frescoes in a chapel at
          Cerqueto, a castle in the diocese
          of Perugia. Also mentioned by
          Milanesi.

1480      "Christ delivering the keys to St.
          Peter" in the Sistine Chapel in the
          Vatican at Rome. Other frescoes
          now destroyed.

1491      Altar-piece in the Villa Albani. Dated    _Rome_

1493      Virgin and Child, from Fiesole. Dated     _Uffizi, No. 1122_

          Madonna and Saints. Dated                 _Vienna_

          Pietà painted for the Gesuati             _Accademia, 58_

1494      Madonna and Child. Dated                  _Sant' Agostino,
                                                      Cremona_

          Portrait of Francesco                     _Uffizi, 287_

1495      Madonna and Child                         _Pinacoteca, Vatican_

          The Entombment. Dated.                    _Pitti, 164_

          The Ascension for San Pietro, Perugia     _Centre at Lyons_
          (A part is dated.)                        _Predella at Rouen_
          Other parts at                            _St. Pietro and the
                                                      Vatican_

1496      Vision of S. Bernardo                     _Munich_

          Crucifixion, begun in 1493, finished      _Sta. Maria Maddalena
            1496                                      dei Pazzi_

          Virgin and Child at Bologna

          Family of Sta. Anna                       _Marseilles_

1497      Altar-piece. Dated                        _Fano_

          Virgin and Child. Dated                   _Pinacoteca, Perugia,
                                                      Sala xi. 6_

1498      Madonna with St. Bernard and St. Francis  _Pinacoteca, Perugia,
                                                      xi. 14_

          Altar-piece. Dated                        _Fano_

1499-1500 The frescoes in the Cambio                _Perugia_

          Two Monks in the Accademia                _17 and 17 bis_

          A Duke of Urbino                          _Vienna_

1500      The Assumption. Dated                     _Accademia, 55_

1502      Coronation of the Virgin                  _Pinacoteca, Perugia,
                                                      Sala viii. 24_

1504      Adoration of the Magi. Dated              _Città della Pieve_

1505      St. Sebastian. Dated                      _Panicale_

          Descent from the Cross, begun by Lippi    _Accademia, 57_

1504 or 5 Love and Chastity                         _The Louvre, 1567_

          Virgin and Child with two Saints          _Munich, 1035_

1507      Virgin and Child with two Saints          _National Gallery,
                                                      1075_

          Ceiling in the Camera dell' Incendio      _Vatican, Rome_

1510      Picture for San Francesco, Siena.         _Hertz Coll., Rome_
            Fragment now remains

          Crucifixion. San Agostino                 _Siena_

1512      Votive picture. Dated                     _Bettona_

1513      Virgin in Glory. Dated                    _Città della Pieve_

1517      Descent from the Cross. A fragment.       _Città della Pieve_
            Dated

1518      Martyrdom of St. Sebastian. Dated         _Pinacoteca, Perugia,
                                                      Sala x. 2_

1521      Additions made to Raphael's unfinished    _S. Severo, Perugia_
            fresco. Dated

          Pietà. Dated                              _Spello_

          Virgin and Child with Saints. Dated       _Spello_

          The Altar-Piece painted for St. Agostino
            of Perugia, of which part is _in
            situ_, and other parts are at Lyons,
            Toulouse, Grenoble, and Nantes

          Adoration of the Magi                     _Trevi_

1522      Virgin and Saints. Dated                  _St. Agnese, Perugia_

1523      The Adoration of the Shepherds            _National Gallery
                                                      1441_



INDEX


  _Adoration of the Magi, The_ (Rouen), 43, 130;
    (Città della Pieve), 90, 91, 135, _ill._ 92;
    (Trevi), 109, 154

  _Adoration of the Shepherds, The_ (Nat. Gallery), 110, 123

  Albani, Cardinal Giovanni Girolamo, 115

  Albani MS., The, 115

  Albani altar-piece, The, 29, 153, _ill._ 28

  Albizzi, Luca degli', picture painted by Perugino for, 11

  _Annunciation, The_ (Villa Albani), 29, 153;
    (Fano), 69, 71, 137

  Antonello da Messina, his influence on Perugino, 39

  _Apollo and Marsyas_ (Louvre), 62, 130

  Arcimboldo, Guido, Archbishop of Milan, 40

  Ashburnham, Lord, and the Albani MS., 117

  _Ascension, The_ (Lyons), 41, 42, 55, 96, 128;
    (Borgo San Sepolcro), 41, 42, 44, 96, 134, _ill._ 42

  _Assumption, The_ (Accademia), 64, 83, 84, 139, _ill._ 82;
    (SS. Annunziata), 83, 95, 96, 97, 141;
    studies for, 98


  Baccio d'Agnolo, 87, 90

  _Baldassare, Abbot_, portrait of, 84, 113, 139, _ill._ 84

  Balsams, action of on colours, 36, 37

  _Baptism of Christ, The_ (Rouen), 16, 17, 44, 130, _ill._ 18;
    (Vienna), 19, 20, 121;
    (Foligno), 100, 137;
    (Città della Pieve), 104, 136

  _Baptism of Christ, The_, in the Sistine Chapel,
    probably by Pinturicchio, 16

  Bellini, Giovanni, his influence on Perugino, 39

  Berenson, Mr. B. on Perugino, 2, 9;
    on "space composition," 13;
    attributes, the "Sposalizio" to Lo Spagna, 59-61

  Bettona, Perugino's pictures at, 103, 104, 134

  Bolleti, Signor Guiseppe, 91

  Bonfigli, his influence on Perugino, 2, 3

  Boto da Maraglia, votive picture at Bettona, commissioned by, 103


  Cambio, The, at Perugia, Perugino's decoration of, 74-82, 149-151

  Canova, 54, 55

  Ceccheti, Signor Andrea, 91

  Celandro, Santi di Polonio del, 21, 22

  Cennini, Cennino, The "Trattato" of, 34

  Certosa altar-piece, The, 67, 122, _ill._ 68

  Cesarei, Mayor of Perugia, 51, 56

  _Christ giving the Keys to St. Peter_, 13, 151, _ill._ 14

  _Christ in the Garden_ (Accademia), 24, 26, 139, _ill._ 26

  Città della Pieve, Perugino's birthplace, 1;
    fresco in Sta. Maria de Bianca, 90, 91, 135;
    the town and people, 92;
    other pictures by Perugino at, 104, 105, 135, 136

  _Coronation of the Virgin, The_ (Perugia, Pinacoteca), 87, 88, 96, 97, 144

  Costa, Lorenzo, his "Sposalizio," 60, 61

  _Crucifixion, The_ (La Calza), 9, 24, 142, _ill._ 24;
    (Villa Albani), 29, 153;
    (S. M. Maddalena dei Pazzi), 40, 63, 65-67, 73, 141, _ill._ 66;
    studies for, 67;
    (Accademia), 72, 73, 140, _ill._ 72;
    (Perugia, Pinacoteca), 87, 89, 146, _ill._ 88;
    (Assisi), 102, 133;
    (Siena), 103, 153, _ill._ 102

  _Crucifixion, The_, by Raphael, 67


  Daru, Count, 50, 51, 52

  Denistoune, Mr., and the Albani MS., 115-117

  Denon, Baron, 51, 53

  _Descent from the Cross_ (fragment, Città della Pieve), 105, 136

  _Descent from the Cross, The_, by Filippino Lippi,
    completed by Perugino, 95, 140, _ill._ 94

  Ducci, Agostino, 72


  _Entombment, The_ (Pitti), 40, 44, 45, 138, _ill._ 44;
    studies for, 45-46

  Este, Isabella d', and Perugino, 93


  Fancelli, Chiare, wife of Perugino, 140

  Federighi, Jacopo, 95

  Fiesole altar-piece, The, 31, 139, _ill._ 30

  Fiorenzo di Lorenzo, his influence on Perugino, 2, 4, 5

  _Francesco delle Opere_, portrait of, 40, 44, 80, 85, 138, _ill._ 40


  Galeotto, Pietro di Maestro, 20-22

  Giovanni, The, Perugino's uncle and nephews, 87


  Herringham, Mrs., 34

  _Holy Family, The_ (Cantiano), 69, 135

  Horne, Mr. Herbert, on Perugino's technique, 33


  Julius II., Pope, 27, 88, 101


  Laurie, Dr. A. P., his Cantor Lectures, 36

  Leonardo da Vinci, 12

  Lippo, Filippino, his "Descent from the Cross,"
    completed by Perugino, 95, 140

  Lippi, Lippo, his "Vision of St. Bernard," 63

  Lorenzo di Credi, 12, 95

  Lo Spagna, "The Sposalizio," attributed to, 59;
    other works by, 93

  _Love and Chastity_, 9, 62, 93, 94, 130


  _Madonna and Child_ (Louvre), 19, 129;
    (Verona), 19, 154;
    (Vatican), 23, 40, 152, _ill._ 22;
    (Uffizi), 31, 139;
    (Vienna), 31, 121;
    (Cremona), 39, 137;
    (Nat. Gallery, from the Certosa altar-piece), 67, 122;
    (Fano), 69-71, 137;
    (Sinigaglia), 69, 154;
    (Perugia, Pinacoteca), 69, 71, 146, _ill._ 70;
    (Nat. Gallery, the Schiavone altar-piece), 99, 100, 123, _ill._ 100;
    (Bettona), 104, 134;
    (Città della Pieve), 104, 135;
    (Perugia, Duomo), 109, 147

  Masaccio, 12

  Maturanzio, Francesco, 77, 80

  Michel Angelo, choice of a site for his "David," 89;
    connection between Perugino and, 90

  Milan, Il Moro, Duke of, anxious to secure Perugino, 39, 40, 69

  _Milanesi, Don Biagio_, portrait of, 84, 113, 139, _ill._ 84

  _Moses and Zipporah_, probably not by Perugino, 16


  _Nativity, The_ (Villa Albani), 29, 153;
    (Cambio), 77, 151;
    (Montefalco), 108, 142;
    (Perugia, Pinacoteca), 104, 147

  Napoleon, his seizure of Italian pictures, 48;
    admiration of Perugino's paintings, 50

  Niccolò da Foligno, his influence on Perugino, 2, 3, 11


  Orvieto, story of Perugino's contract to decorate the cathedral at, 27-29;
    finally refused, 74


  Panicale, Perugino's work at and connection with, 93, 99

  Perugia, story of Perugino's dealings with the Priori of, 20, 23;
    altar-piece painted for San Pietro, 40, 41, 55, 128, _ill._ 52;
    the pillage of Perugino's pictures from, 47-57;
    altar-piece painted for the magistrates' chapel, 33, 40, 47, 49, 152;
    altar-piece painted for St. Agostino, 56, 70, 87, 88, 106;
    decoration of the Cambio, 74-82, 149-151, _ill._ 76, 78;
    double altar-piece for San Francesco al Monte, 87;
    the Schiavone altar-piece, 99, 100;
    figures in San Severo, 107, _ill._ 106;
    other pictures at, 144-151

  Perugino, his birth, 1;
    early influences, 2-9;
    journey to Florence, 9;
    earliest works, 10, 11;
    figure of "San Sebastian" at Cerqueto, 11;
    "Christ giving the keys to St. Peter," 13, 16, 18;
    influence of Umbrian scenery on his work, 16;
    his other frescoes in the Sistine Chapel destroyed, 18;
    early pictures, 19-32;
    the Vatican "Madonna," 23;
    the La Calza "Crucifixion," 24, 26;
    commissioned to decorate Orvieto Cathedral, 27, 74;
    work for Cardinal Guiliano della Rovere, 27-29;
    the Villa Albani altar-piece, 29, 30;
    his technique, pigments, etc., 33-38;
    the Cremona altar-piece, 39;
    the "Ascension" altar-piece, 40-44;
    the "Entombment," 44-46;
    story of the pillage of his pictures from Perugia, 47-57;
    the "Sposalizio" attributed to Lo Spagna, 58-61;
    the "Apollo and Marsyas," 62;
    the "St. Bernard," 63;
    the "Family of St. Anne," 63-65;
    the "Crucifixion" at S. M. Maddalena dei Pazzi, 65-67;
    the Certosa altar-piece, 67-69;
    pictures at Fano, etc., 69-71;
    two "Madonnas" at Perugia, 71, 72;
    the St. Jerome "Crucifixion," 72, 73;
    residence in Florence, 74;
    decoration of the Cambio, 74-82;
    portrait of himself, 80, 85, _ill._ 78;
    Raphael his pupil, 81, 82;
    the Vallombrosa altar-piece, 83, 84;
    two portraits, 84, 85;
    civic duties in Perugia, 87;
    the double altar-piece for San Francesco al Monte, 87-89;
    connection with Michel Angelo, 90;
    the fresco at Città della Pieve, 90, 91;
    commission from Isabella d'Este, 93;
    the "Assumption" (SS. Annunziata), 95;
    repetition of figures in his pictures, 68, 96;
    retirement to Perugia, 97;
    the Schiavone altar-piece, 99, 100;
    frescoes in the Vatican, 101;
    works at Assisi, 102;
    Siena, 103;
    Bettona, 103, 104;
    Città della Pieve, 104, 105;
    Spello, 106;
    completion of Raphael's fresco in San Severo, Perugia, 107;
    works at Montefalco, and Trevi, 108;
    later pictures, 109, 110;
    death, 110;
    his burial-place unknown, 111;
    his wife, 112;
    his scholars, 112;
    characteristics, 112-114

  Piero della Francesca, his influence on Perugino, 3, 6, 26, 30

  _Pietà_ (Accademia), 9, 24, 26, 140, _ill._ 26

  Pinturicchio, the "Baptism" in the Sistine Chapel by, 16, 18;
    work in Orvieto Cathedral, 29;
    the "Apollo and Marsyas," possibly by, 63

  Phillips, Mr. Claud, 63

  Portraits by Perugino, 40, 44, 80, 84, 85, 113

  _Prophets and Sibyls_ (Cambio), 77, 82, 83, 151


  Raffaelino del Garbo, 25

  Raphael, his "Sposalizio," 59, 60, 81;
    his "Crucifixion," 67;
    Perugino's pupil, 81, 82;
    his decorations in the Camera dell' Incendio, 100;
    fresco in San Severo, Perugia, added to by Perugino, 107

  "Raphael of Morris Moore," The, 62, 130

  Repetition of figures in Perugino's pictures, 68, 96

  _Resurrection, The_ (Rouen), 43, 130;
    (Vatican), 79, 85, 86, 152, _ill._ 86

  Roederer, Baron, 51, 53

  Rossi, Prof. Adam, 58, 81

  Rovere, Cardinal Guiliano della, Perugino's work for, 27, 28, 29


  St. Agostino altar-piece, The, 56, 70, 87, 88, 106, _ill._ 106

  _St. Anne, Family of_, 63, 64, 128, _ill._ _Frontis._

  _St. Anthony_ (Città della Pieve), 104, 135;
    (Bettona), 103, 136

  San Bernardino of Siena, 71, 72

  _St. Bernard, Vision of_ (Munich), 63, 132, _ill._ 62;
    study for, 63

  _St. Francis of Assisi_, 72, _ill._ 70

  Santi, Giovanni, lines referring, to Perugino, 12;
    story of his taking Raphael to Perugino, 81

  San Sebastian, Comparison of Perugino's various representations of, 118-120

  _San Sebastian_ (Cerqueto), 11, 118, 135, _ill._ 10;
    (Panicale), 93, 99, 118, 143;
    (Perugia), 118, 144, _ill._ 118;
    with other saints (Perugia), 106, 149;
    (Albani MS.), 117, 118

  Schiavone, Giovanni, altar-piece painted for, 99, 100, 123, _ill._ 100

  Signorelli, Luca, his influence on Perugino, 8, 9, 11, 25;
    his decorations in the cathedral at Orvieto, 29

  Sixtus IV., Pope, pictures by Perugino executed for, 10, 12

  Space composition, Mr. Berenson on, 13

  Spello, Perugino's pictures at, 106

  _Sposalizio, The_, attributed to Lo Spagna, 49, 58-61;
    compared with pictures by Raphael and Lorenzo Costa, 60, 61

  _St. John Baptist and Saints_ (Perugia, Pinacoteca), 106, 147


  Tempera painting, 33-36

  Thompson, Mr. Henry Yates, 117, 118

  Tiberio d' Assisi, 108, 109

  Tinet, Napoleon's commissioner, 48, 49

  Tofanelli, 51, 52

  _Transfiguration, The_ (Cambio), 77, 78, 150;
    (Perugia, Pinacoteca), 78, 109, 146;
    (Sta. Maria Nuova), 79, 137

  _Triumph of Religion, The_ (Cambio), 78


  Ultramarine, story of Perugino's use of, 37

  Umbria, The scenery of, 15, 16


  Vallombrosa altar-piece, The, 64, 83, 84

  Vannucci, John Battista, 111

  Vannucci, Pietro, see Perugino

  Verrocchio, his influence on Perugino doubtful, 9

  _Virgin in Glory, The_ (Bologna), 63, 136, _ill._ 64

  Vite, Timoteo, 61, 62, 81

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