One Perugino at Panicale. Or better, two
Two marvellous paintings of the '' divin
painter '', among which detaches the '' Martyrdom of San Sebastiano '', real
masterpiece of the Renaissance art
It would be worth to stop in Panicale knowing that a fresco of the Perugino is there. Think about two! Pietro
Vannucci has left the sign of his passage giving two paintings to the city
of Panicale that make notice his genius. Of rare grace and beauty it is the
fresco of the Perugino preserved in the Church of San Sebastiano,
representing the martyrdom of the saint pierced through by the arrows of four
archers. Very complex, but at the same time airy, is the spatial disposition of
the elements. The archers that strike the body of the saint from the lower part
seem to stir in harmonious way, conferring entirely to the martyrdom an
abstract character and not at all passionate. The buyers intended to realise a
work that held away from the city the ghost of the plague, being San Sebastiano
believed as powerful defence against the disease and every sort of epidemic.
The fresco has been painted from the Perugino in 1505 and it brings its
signature in the central part of the pedestal, above which San Sebastiano is
set and receives the arrows.
A second fresco of the Perugino is
preserved in the church that entertains the '' Martyrdom of St. Sebastiano '', the '' The Crowning of the virgin '' of 1490.
The painting of the Perugino serves as
background an unique and inimitable panorama, where valleys and hills follow in
an admirable sequence of curves and slopes from the unmistakable character. In
this environmental complex of rare beauty emerges Panicale and its ancient
suburb, an unchanged place inside which nothing changes and nothing transforms.
The laws of the time seem to not have power on historical buildings and city
monuments, castled in slant around the main square, today meeting point just as
once. The particular nature of its urban sketch confers to the town an
undisputed charm, while the architectural solutions are perfectly integrated
with the steep nature of the territory. Squares, roads, houses and buildings
seem to abandon on the hill following its profile, adapting themselves to every
kind of asperity and relief, giving a very personal physiognomy to the city. On
the summit of the suburb it opens a small square from which is possible to
enjoy the ample panorama that extends along the whole underlying valley, giving
an incomparable beautiful foreshortening. Panicale is the proper place for who
seeks peace and serenity in an entire and native landscape celebrated in
sublime way in the backgrounds of Perugino's frescos.
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