Key to Umbria: Perugia

Mattia Batini was born in Città di Castello.  He trained under Pietro Montanini, who seems to have spent time in Città di Castello in 1675.  He was first documented in Perugia in 1700, when he was in the service of the Marchese Giulio Bufalini in Rocca Paolina.  He was documented again later in that year, when he received payment work in the  Oratorio di Sant’ Agostino (below).  He received citizenship of Perugia in 1723 and was buried in San Fiorenzo in 1727.


Panels (1700)

Three documented panels by Mattia Batini in the ceiling of the  Oratorio di Sant’ Agostino depict saints in glory:
  1. St Philip (illustrated here); 

  2. St James; and

  3. St Augustine.

Panels (ca. 1700) of SS Sebastian and Roch to the sides of the window are attributed to him.

Work in San Domenico (18th century)

Two panels in San Domenico are attributed to Mattia Batini:
  1. Pope Pius V and the Miracle of the Crucifix, in Cappella di San Pio V (illustrated here); and

  2. Ecstasy of St Thomas Aquinas, on the altar of the Cappella degli Angeli.

He also painted the frescoes (ca. 1726) in the vaults of the sacristy, which include this one at the centre of St Dominic in glory. 

SS Andronicus and Athanasia (18th century)

This altarpiece by Mattia Batini is in Santo Spirito on an altar (the 2nd altar on the right) that belonged to the Collegio degli Orefici (goldsmiths’ guild).  It depicts these Egyptian saints resigning themselves to the deaths of their children in the 5th century before separating to live as hermits in the desert.

King Louis XI greets St Francis of Paola (18th century)

This panel on the counter-facade of in Santo Spirito, which is attributed to Mattia Batini, shows an event that happened in 1483, when King Louis XI of France called St Francis of Paola (the founder of the Franciscan Minims) to France as he approached death.

Work in Santa Caterina (18th century)

Work in Santa Caterina that is by or attributed to Mattia Batini includes:
  1. frescoes (1718) of scenes from the life of St Catherine of Alexandria (1718) in the vaults; and

  2. an altarpiece of the Immaculate Virgin on the 2nd altar on the right (illustrated here).

Martyrdom of St Herculanus (18th century)

This panel in the Museo Capitolare, which is of unknown provenance, is attributed to Mattia Batini.   It depicts the naked body of St Herculanus after it has been thrown from the city walls and, in the background, the subsequent recovery of the relics after their temporary burial.

Città di Castello

Scenes from the Life of St Barbara (1684)

These frescoes by Mattia Batini are in the vaults of the Oratorio di Santa Barbara.

Read more:

M. Bravi, “La Ricezione dell’ Arte del Settecento in Umbria: Mattia Batini”, Annali della Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia dell’Università degli Studi di Perugia  (2008)  pp 5-46

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