PERUGINO IL (dit)
Saint John the evangelist (?) and Saint Augustus
The altarpiece from the church of Sant’Agostino in Perugia, an immense double sided composition, occupied Pietro Vanucci, Il Perugino, and his workshop from 1505 until 1520. It was carved up at the end of the 17th century and dismembered by Bonaparte’s armies. The Toulouse fragment has always been recognised as being one of the most perfect. The two saints are portrayed in the charming Umbrian landscape so present in the painter’s creations. This key figure of the Renaissance, master to Raphaël, was ultimately surpassed by his pupil, by Leonardo da Vinci and by Michelangelo. By the end of his life he had become a traditional artist attached to an old-fashioned style.