Masterpieces by Raphael and Perugino compared
Hidden among the alleys of Perugia's historic centre is a jewel unknown to most visitors, but of great historical and artistic value. This is the Chapel of San Severo, a modest building houses the masterpieces of two of the greatest Renaissance artists: Raphael and Pietro Vannucci, known as Perugino.
To visit, you will have to reach the highest point of the Umbrian capital, but the effort will be amply repaid by the beauty of the place. In a small square you will find the San Severo complex, of 13th-century origin, remodelled several times over the centuries.
Once inside, you will stand open-mouthed in front of the Trinity and Benedictine and Camaldolese Saints, a fresco by Raphael, the only one remaining of the many works the master painted in Perugia. Raphael, however, was unable to complete the decoration, which was completed by Perugino in 1521 with the depiction of Saints in the lower register of the chapel. The wall is completed by a statue of the Virgin in polychrome terracotta, made at the end of the 15th century by an unknown author.