Today, Piero della Francesca is one of the most loved of Renaissance painters. Working across Central Italy in the mid-1400s, Piero created works for some of the most discerning and extravagant Renaissance patrons. These included altarpieces, fresco cycles and some of the century’s most recognisable portraits. His calm and serene figures, often set amidst idealised architectural settings or tranquil Tuscan landscapes have serenity and gravitas. The light in his pictures is clear, limpid, and very modern.
In this talk, we will follow Piero from his birthplace in the small town of Borgo Sansepolcro, to Florence, Arezzo, Rimini and Urbino. We’ll see how he was influenced by earlier painters, such as Giotto and Masaccio, and how his remarkable skills in mathematics and geometry underpinned his painting, helping him create profoundly satisfying and timeless works of art.
After his death in 1492 Piero’s reputation rested mainly on his mathematical writings until cutting-edge artists and writers of the early 20th century rediscovered the glorious legacy of his paintings. We’ll see how Piero’s clarity of vision struck a chord with modern masters, making him one of our most popular painters – more than five hundred years after his death.