Key to Umbria: Perugia

The earliest  known works by this Perugian artist are the signed frescoes (1587) in Palazzo Bartoletti, Spoleto (see below).

Simeone Ciburri trained under Benedetto Bandiera.  The styles these two artists are difficult to distinguish, which makes attribution difficult.  The attributions here are taken from the work of Brunella Teodori (referenced below).


Works in San Pietro (1590-1619)


Benedetto Bandiera was documented in San Pietro over a period of some three decades.

  1. Surviving works in the apse of the church that are by or attributed to him include:

  2. the frescoes (ca. 1590) of the four Evangelists in the vault of the crossing (which include the figure of St Mark, illustrated to the left above);

  3. the fresco of the Annunciation on the triumphal arch (illustrated at the centre, above); and

  4. the panel of the Trinity with SS Peter and Paul on the baldacchino above the high altar (illustrated to the right above).

  5. Work in the Cappella delle Reliquie by or attributed to him included:

  6. the frescoes (1599) ; and

  7. a panel (ca. 1600 - attributed) of St Benedict in glory, which is now in the Aula Magna of the Fondazione per l’ Istruzione Agraria. 

Coronation of the Virgin and saints (1611)

The Compagnia dei Battilana (the wool workers’ guild) commissioned this altarpiece from Benedetto Bandiera when they moved to Sant’ Angelo della Pace.  It depicts:
  1. the Coronation of the Virgin, above; and

  2. SS Francis, Micael Archangel and Blaise (the patron of wool workers) below.

It passed to the Ospedale di Santa Maria della Misericordia early in the 20th century and is now in the new hospital at Sant’ Andrea delle Fratte, outside Perugia.

Madonna di Costantinopoli (1614)

This altarpiece by Benedetto Bandiera was brought from the Duomo to the church of  Santa Maria di Colle in a ceremony held on 8th September 1614 and placed on the high altar.  It depicts the Madonna and Child with SS Catherine of Siena, Charles Borromeo, Catherine of Alexandria, Ursula, Francis and Clare.  It was restored in 1916 by Ulisse Ribustini.

Works in Santa Caterina (17th century)


The works attributed to Benedetto Bandiera in Santa Caterina include altarpieces depicting:

  1. the Crucifixion with the Virgin and SS John the Evangelist and Mary Magdalen (on the 1st altar on the left);

  2. the descent of the Holy Spirit (on the 1st altar on the right);

  3. the mystical marriage of St Catherine with saints (on the 2nd altar on the left); and

  4. the martyrdom of St Ursula (now in the convent, not illustrated above).

The third of these was taken to Rome in 1812 but restored to Santa Caterina five years later.

Altarpiece in Sant’ Antonio Abate (17th century)

This altarpiece on the altar on the right wall of Sant’ Antonio Abate is by Benedetto Bandiera.   It depicts the coronation of a female saint (probably St Francesca Romana).

Crucifixion with saints (17th century)

This panel in the Cappella di San Giacomo, which is signed by Benedetto Bandiera, depicts the Crucifixion with SS James and John the Baptist.

Madonna and Child with saints (17th century)

The altarpiece on the altar of the sacristy of San Domenico, which is attributed to Benedetto Bandiera, depicts the Madonna and Child in glory, with SS Catherine of Alexandria, Hyacinth and Charles Borromeo.

Works in Sant’ Agostino (17th century)

Two altarpieces in Sant’ Agostino are attributed to Benedetto Bandiera:

  1. the panel depicting St Michael, the Trinity and saints, [where ?]; and

  2. the panel depicting a bishop saint giving alms to the poor, in the sacristy.


Crucifixion with saints (17th century)

This altarpiece in Santa Maria Maggiore, which depicts the Crucifixion with SS Francis and Charles Borromeo, is attributed to Benedetto Bandiera.

Madonna and Child with saints (17th century) 

This panel from the Biancalana Collection, which is now in the Pinacoteca Comunale, is attributed to Benedetto Bandiera.  It depicts the Madonna and Child with SS Mary Magdalene and Barbara.


Madonna and Child with saints (17th century)

This altarpiece, which is signed by Benedetto Bandiera, is in San Francesco (on the 2nd altar on the left).  It depicts the madonna and Child with SS Bonaventure, Clare and Charles Borromeo.


Frescoes (1587)

These frescoes in Palazzo Bartoletti (8 Via delle Terme - see Walk I), one of which depicts Susanna and the elders and is signed by Benedetto Bandiera, are his earliest know works. 

Panels (1597)

These fifteen panels by Benedetto Bandiera were documented in the vaults of the Cappella di Santa Caterina in the right transept of the Duomo, which Benedetto Gelosi remodelled in 1597.  They were subsequently lost, presumably when the chapel was demolished in 1638. 

Read more: 
B. Teodori, “Aspetti del Baroccismo Perugino: Benedetto Bandiera, Felice e Vincenzo Pellegrini”, in 
Arte e Musica in Umbria tra Cinquecento e Seicento: Atti del XII Convegno di Studi Umbri”, Gubbio (1981) pp 275-99

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