October 12: Piero della Francesca passed away in 1492

piero-della-francescaA self-portrait, detail from The Resurrection


Birth name Piero della Francesca
Born 1415
Sansepolcro, Republic of Florence
Died October 12, 1492
Sansepolcro, Republic of Florence
Nationality Italian
Field Painting, Fresco
Movement Italian Renaissance
Works The Baptism of Christ
Flagellation of Christ
Brera Madonna

Piero della Francesca (c. 1415 – October 12, 1492) was a painter of the Early Renaissance. As testified by Giorgio Vasari in his Lives of the Artists, to contemporaries he was also known as a mathematician and geometer. Nowadays Piero della Francesca is chiefly appreciated for his art. His painting was characterized by its serene humanism, its use of geometric forms and perspective. His most famous work is the cycle of frescoes “The Legend of the True Cross” in the church of San Francesco in the Tuscan town of Arezzo.

Major works:

The Baptism of Christ, finished around 1448-1450. It is housed in the National Gallery, London.

The Baptism of Christ (Piero della Francesca)


Year c. 1448-1450
Type Tempera on panel
Dimensions 168 cm × 116 cm (66 in × 46 in)
Location National Gallery, London

The Resurrection (fresco)  painted around 1463-65.

The Resurrection (Piero della Francesca)


Year c. 1460
Type Fresco
Dimensions 225 cm × 200 cm (89 in × 79 in)
Location Museo Civico, Sansepolcro

The Brera Madonna (also known as the Pala di Brera, the Montefeltro Altarpiece or Brera Altarpiece) executed in 1472-1474.

brera madonna - Piero_della_Francesca


Year 1472
Type Tempera on panel
Dimensions 248 cm × 150 cm (98 in × 59 in)
Location Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

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