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Matteo (Matteuccio) Salvucci (1576-1627)

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Matteuccio Salvucci inAssisi   Perugia 

Matteo (Matteuccio) Salvucci, who was  was born in Bettona, was documented in Perugia from 1594 and was enrolled in the painters’ guild there in 1604.


Frescoes (1602-7)


  St Romuald defeating heresy        Resurrection of Christ               St Francis before the Sultan

       1st chapel on the left                     Counter-facade                              2nd chapel on the right

Many of the frescoes executed in Santa Maria di Monteluce during its remodelling are attributed to Matteuccio Salvucci.

Christ in glory with saints (1608)

This altarpiece, which was signed by Matteuccio Salvucci and dated by inscription, was recorded on the high altar of Santa Maria Maddalena in 1784 and was subsequently moved to the Galleria Nazionale.  Unfortunately, it has been lost.  It depicted Christ in glory with four saints, who included SS Benedict and Scholastica.

Scenes from the lives of SS John the Baptist and Benedict (ca. 1610)

These frescoes by Matteuccio Salvucci are in the vaults of the Oratorio di San Benedetto.  Local historians record that this work was so well received that Salvucci was made an honorary member of the Confraternita di San Benedetto.

Decoration of the Organ (1612)

The organ on the counter-facade of Santa Maria Nuova was built in 1584 to a design by Bino Sozi and gilded and painted in 1612 by Matteuccio Salvucci.

Scenes from the life of St Florentius (1612-30)

These thirteen frescoes  in the lunettes of the sacristy of San Fiorenzo depict the legend of St Florentius as told by Ludovico Jacobilli in the 17th century.  Each of the scenes is described by an inscription below. 
  1. The first seven are by Matteucci Salvucci, who worked on them until his death in 1627.  They include this scene, in which St Florentius and his colleagues are arrested because of their Christian faith.

  2. The other six are by Antonio Maria Fabrizi.  

Scenes from the life of St Herculanus (ca. 1627)


  St Herculanus thrown from walls      Beheading of St Herculanus           Burial of St Herculanus

Three panels by Matteuccio Salvucci in the apse of Sant’ Ercolano (illustrated above) show the events surrounding the martyrdom of St Herculanus at the end of Totila’s siege of Perugia.  A fourth (illustrated to the right) depicts the translation of his relics of St Herculanus from the Duomo to Sant’ Ercolano in 1609.  These panels were part of a commission that envisaged another three: the work was probably cut short by the death of the artist. 

Frescoes (17th century)

The frescoes in the Sala Gialla (Yellow Room) of Palazzo dei Priori, although much repainted, are attributed to Matteuccio Salvucci.

Frescoes (17th century)

These frescoes in what was the choir of San Tommaso (now part of the gymnasium of the Scuola Media Ugo Foscolo) depict four Dominican saints:

  1. Raymond of Penafort;

  2. Albert the Great;

  3. Peter Martyr; and

  4. Thomas Aquinas;

set in a background of a grotesque motif.  They are attributed, somewhat tentatively, to Matteuccio Salvucci.


Frescoes (ca. 1602)


The landscapes and the surrounding grotesque decoration in the Sala di San Francesco of Palazzo Giacobetti Vallemani are attributed to Matteuccio Salvucci.

Read more:

C. Galassi, “Matteuccio Salvucci”, in

  1. A. Ambrosini Mosari and M. Cellini (Eds), “Nel Segno di Barocci: Allievi e Seguaci tra Marche, Umbria, Siena”, (2005), Milan pp 326-9

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