Piero Della Francesca, ‘Recognition and Proving of the True Cross’, 1450s, Art History 101

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About Piero Della Francesca

Though he had minimal influence on his contemporaries and little is known about his early training, Piero Della Francesca is now recognized as a central figure in the Early Renaissance. Working with Domenico Veneziano on frescoes for the hospital of Santa Maria Nuova in Florence, Della Francesca would have come into contact with and been influenced by the works of Donatello, Filippo Brunelleschi, Masaccio, and Fra Angelico. Della Francesca was fascinated by geometry and mathematics, and his frescoes and paintings are known for their masterful rendering of perspective and clarity of composition. One of his most famous works, the fresco cycle The Legend of the True Cross (1452–66) in Arezzo, takes its theme from a popular 13th-century book on the lives of saints by Jacopo da Varagine, and demonstrates the artist’s elegant pictorial construction.

Italian, ca. 1415 - 1492, Borgo San Seplcro, Italy, based in Florence, Italy