Shirley Smith

Renaissance Art Historian

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The Art of Piero della Francesca: The Light of the North Meets the Logic of the South


Piero della Francesca is one of the most enigmatic artists of the 15th century. His grave solid figures set in a timeless landscape and lit by a clear light, encapsulate the harmony of man and his world that lay at the heart of Italian Renaissance thought. But in effect his paintings are a perfect fusion of the art of the North and that of the South, of light and logic, which reflect his native countryside whilst yet conveying a spirituality that reaches out over time and boundaries. Whether working in the service of the Church or private patrons, his paintings radiate a serenity which transcends time.


Piero della Francesca Baptism of Christ 1448-50.

Image source: Web Gallery of Art