Pietro Vannucci, better known as Perugino, was a major artist in late fifteenth-century Italy whose classical style—an innovative combination of Florentine disegno with an Umbrian sweetness and command of structure and space—contributed significantly to the evolution of Italian high renaissance painting. Unfairly, he is chiefly remembered as the teacher of Raphael (1483–1520) on whom he exerted a powerful influence. Perugino did in fact invent a poetic pictorial language which was entirely original.
Books on Perugino
Vittoria Garibaldi, ed., Le Pérugin: Maître de Raphaël, exh. cat., Brussels, 2014.
Vittoria Garibaldi, ed., Perugino Mai Visto, exh. cat., Perugia, 2010.
Vittoria Garibaldi and Francesco F. Mancini, Perugino, il Divin Pittore, exh. cat., Perugia, 2004.
Vittoria Garibaldi and Simonetta Innamorati, Perugino, Milan, 2004.
Vittoria Garibaldi, Perugino: Catalogo Completo, Florence, 1999.
Carlo Castellaneta, l’Opera Completa del Perugino, Milano, 1969.
Giorgio Vasari, The Lives of the Artist, 1550, trans. Julia Conway Bondanella and Peter Bondanella, New York, 2009.