Piero della Francesca

c. 1416-1492 Italy-Early Renaissance

 

Brief Biography-Pietro di Benedetto or Dei Franceschi, also named Piero Borghese, is known today as Piero della Francesca. He was born in Borgo San Sepolcro near Florence. He worked in Florence with Domenico Veneziano between 1439 and 1450 on the frescoes of Sant' Egidio. The works of Paolo Uccello, Filippo Lippi and Masaccio, were just a few of the Florentine artists that influenced him there. He was summoned to Rome by Pope Nicholas V where he painted two frescoes in the Vatican which Julius II later had removed to make way for 'The imprisonment of Saint Peter' and 'The Miracle of The Mass at Bolsena' frescoes by Raphael. In 1451, Piero worked for The Duke of Rimini, Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta doing a mural of him kneeling at the enthroned Saint Sigismund of Burgundy. He undertook several works in his home town of Borgo San Sepolcro before moving to Urbino to work for Duke Federigo da Montefeltro. There is now in the Uffizi Gallery Florence his famous diptych of the Duke and his wife, Batista Sforza. He was to continue working for Federigo's son Guidobaldo. Other notable works are 'The Flagellation' at Urbino, in the Ducal Palace, and 'The Legend of the Holy Cross' at Arezzo. He also worked for the Duke of Borso decorating his palace in Ferrara. He was known to have painted until at least 1478. He took up writing on geometry and perspective, which he always had an interest in, and wrote treatises on both subjects. Piero died in 1498 in his hometown. His most notable pupils were Luca Signorelli and Pietro Perugino. Giorgio Vasari stated that Piero's student, the Franciscan monk Fra Luca del Borgo, who wrote about regular bodies in geometry, wickedly and maliciously appropriated Piero's books on his death for his gains and had them published in his name.

 

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Constantine's Victory
over Maxentius

Constantine-s Victory over Maxentius

Finding and
Recognition

Finding and Recognition of the True

Procession of the
Queen of Sheba-

Procession of the Queen of Sheba

Battle with Heraclius
and Chosroes

Battle between Heraclius and Chosroes

Madonna of the
Misericordia

Madonna of the Misericordia

Baptism of
Christ

Baptism of Christ

Vision
of Constantine

Vision of Constantine

Burial of the
Holy Wood

Burial of the Holy Wood


Flagellation

Flagellation


Nativity

Nativity


Annunciation

Annunciation


Resurection

Resurrection

Battista
Sforza

Barrista Sforza

Federigo
da Montefeltro

Federigo da Montefeltro

Portraits of Federico
da Montefeltro-

Portraits of Federico da Montefeltro

Sigismondo
Malatesta

Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta

Death
of Adam

Death of Adam

Polyptych of Saint
Anthony

Polyptych of Saint Anthony

Exaltation of
the Cross

Exaltation of the Cross

Polyptych of the
Misericordia

Polyptych of the Misericordia


Madonna

Madonna of Senigallia

Madonna
and Child

Madonna and Child with Saints-Montefeltro Altarpiece


Madonna

Madonna and Child Attended by Angels


Hercules

Hercules

Portrait
of a Boy

Portrait of a Boy

Torture
of the Jew

Torture of the Jew

The Penance of
Saint Jerome

The Penance of Saint Jerome

Virgin
and Child

Virgin and Child