Pietro Vanucci, called Perugino was local and owes his name to Perugia. If you are wondering why you haven't seen many pictures of Perugian/ Umbrian painters, it's because they went from Medieval to Baroque to Gothic, by-passing the Renaissance. Perugia, as well as the entire Umbria was part of the Papal States, thus much of the Renaissance passed by unnoticed.
This Museum is on the Third floor of Palazzo dei Priori (which once upon a time hosted I Priori, the Big Honchos ruling Umbria) and contains a rather uninteresting collection of Medieval art. The only interest to me was the Sala Perugino because I had never seen so many of his paintings in one place. Rafaelle Sanzo was a student of Perugino and some Art historians think that he painted some of the faces in Perugino's paintings. There are also a couple of Pintoricchio, Beato Angelico and Piero della Francesca. Near the entrance, you can see two metal sculptures of the Griffin and the Lion, symbols of Perugia. They are the originals from the Palazzo dei Priori, a beautiful building itself. The Palazzo has copies of these originals now.
Since we will be in Umbria for a while, we bought a "family" pass, good for about a dozen museums in Perugia, up to four people, unlimited number of visits, Euro 35. The admission to this Museum alone was 16 Euros, you can see the savings right away. Upon paying the 35 Euro, you get a card with bar code but, strangely enough, they don't read the bar code: the Cashier explains that every time you visit a museum, you should stop at the cashier's office and get a "ricevuta", a paper receipt. You hand said paper receipt to the Attendant at the door of every museum respectively. Go figure! I guess this is only normal for the layers of bureaucracy of today's Italy.
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