Piero della Francesca
Piero della Francesca by Giorgio Vasari
He was one of the greatest masters of the Early Renaissance, whose work was appreciated in the XX century. The artist was a town councilor in beloved native Sansepolcro. Few works remain and many are severely damaged.
Pierrot’s religious works and portraits are particularly peaceful. Pierrot had a passionate fascination with mathematics and perspective; his proportions were flawless and feel for color and light was truly genius. The poses and facial expressions of his figures are full of dignity; people in Pierrot’s paintings seem immersed in themselves and a little detached.
Piero’s major works are Madonna della Misericordia, c. 1445 (Borgo Sansepolcro: Museo Civico); The Story of the True Cross, c. 1452–57 (Arezzo: San Francesco); The Baptism of Christ, 1450s (London: National Gallery); The Flagellation of Christ, c. 1460s (Urbino: Galleria Nazionale delle Marche).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.