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Umbrian School, circa 1500, Saint Sebastian

tempera on gold ground panel, 42 x 29cm (16 9/16 x 11 7/16in).unframed. Estimate: £60,000 - 80,000, €69,000 - 92,000

Note: The present painting shows the particular influence of the seminal Umbrian artist, Pietro Perugino (1450-1523). The interest in architectural space and decorative detail which it displays are consonant with early works attributed to Perugino. It thus incorporates the Florentine figural style (which Perugino himself drew especially from the elegant poses of his teacher, Verrocchio) within a spatial setting that was typical of Umbrian painters at the end of the fifteenth century.

Perugino was described in 1500 by Agostino Chigi as the first master in Italy and it was at that point that he was at the height of his artistic powers. Both his technique and inventiveness were then to prove vital models for the young Raphael. From the 1490s Perugino ran at least two studios simultaneously, one in Florence and the other in Perugia, both with a considerable number of assistants who helped him to respond to the large number of commissions he received. Besides Raphael himself, Perugino's Umbrian pupils included Pinturicchio, Giovanni Spagna, Andrea d'Assisi ('l'Ingegno'), Eusebio San Giorgio, Giovan Battista Caporali and Sinibaldo Ibi.

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Two famous San Sebastiano from Pietro Perugino :

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Pietro Perugino (1448 -1523) Saint Sebastian, Oil on wood. Louvre, Paris, France. Photo Credit: Erich Lessing /Art Resource, NY

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Pietro Vannucci detto il Perugino (attribuito) (Città della Pieve, 1450 circa – Fontignano, 1523) San Sebastiano. Olio su tavola, 110 x 62 cm. Roma, Galleria Borghese

and others paintings found in Vittoria Garibaldi: Perugino. Silvana, Milano 2004, ISBN 88-8215-813-6

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Pietro Perugino: Sant’Antonio da Padova e San Sebastiano, ca. 1476-78 (Cat. no. 11 in Vittoria Garibaldi: Perugino. Catalogo completo. Octavo, Firenze 2000)

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Pietro Perugino: San Sebastiano e frammenti delle figure di San Rocco e San Pietro, 1478 (Cat. no. 12 in Vittoria Garibaldi: Perugino. Catalogo completo. Octavo, Firenze 2000)

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Pietro Perugino: San Sebastiano, ca. 1489-90 (Cat. no. 25 in Vittoria Garibaldi: Perugino. Catalogo completo. Octavo, Firenze 2000)

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Pietro Perugino: San Sebastiano, ca. 1495 (Cat. no. 32 in Vittoria Garibaldi: Perugino. Catalogo completo. Octavo, Firenze 2000)