Piero della Francesca

Chronology

Polyptych of the Misericordia

The Flagellation of Christ

St. Jerome in Penitence

Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta Praying in Front of St. Sigismund

Portrait of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta

St. Jerome and a Donor

The Baptism of Christ


The History of the True Cross
       Adoration of the Holy Wood and the Meeting of Solomon        and the Queen of Sheba
       Constantine's Dream

Mary Magdalene

Madonna del parto

St. Julian

Resurrection

Polyptych of Saint Augustine


Nativity

Polyptych of Perugia

Madonna and Child with Saints (Montefeltro Altarpiece)

Paired portraits of Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza

Madonna di Senigallia


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Madonna di Senigallia di Piero della Francesca, 1470-85,5

Piero della Francesca, Madonna di Senigallia (detail), oil on panel, 67 cm × 53.5 cm (26 in × 21.1 in), Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino



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"We may be certain that our initial impression of the Arezzo frescos will be overwhelmingly one of color. I never revisit the Church of San Francesco without experiencing the same uprush of feeling that carne over me the first time I stood before that 'sacred wall,' with its greens and pinks, browns and whites, as fresh and pure as open meadowlands, a babe's cheek or limpid springwater... These are the colors of the world at the first dawn of time, as the sun broke over the earth."

Roberto Longhi, Piero della Francesca: 1927: con aggiunte fino al 1962, Nuova ed., Firenze, Sansoni, 1963, p. 47[1]

 

 

   
   

The Madonna di Senigallia was finished by Piero della Francesca around 1474. It is housed in the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, in the Ducal Palace of Urbino. 'The painting has risen in art historians' evaluations ever since it was cleaned and restored to reveal much of its previously hidden beauty (PI. X). It was first noted in the church of Santa Maria della Grazia just outside Senigallia, but this church was constructed at about the time of Piero's death so certainly it was not the image's original intended site. In addition, the fact that Piero placed the Madonna and Child in a domestic setting suggests that its placement in this church occurred much later. The painting's early life remains a mystery: there are no documents relating to it prior to 1822, when one of its discoverers noted it as "so beautiful, so true, so studied that one is not able to desire more." ' [2]

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Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino
Palazzo Ducale di Urbino Piazza Rinascimento 13, 61029 Urbino 

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Piero della Francesca, Madonna di Senigallia, oil on panel, 67 cm × 53.5 cm (26 in × 21.1 in), Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino

 

 

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Piero della Francesca, Madonna di Senigallia, details, Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino

 

     

 

 
 
   


[1]
Roberto Longhi (1890 - 1970) was an Italian academic and art historian. The main subjects of his studies were the painters Caravaggio and Piero della Francesca. Whilst establishing himself as a notable Caravaggio scholar, Longhi retained a lively interest in Piero della Francesca, publishing a monograph in 1928, representing him as the leading painter of the Quattrocento. He believed Piero played a decisive role in the development of Viennese painting. This monograph, which Kenneth Clark opined could hardly be improved upon, is a classic of art-historical literature.

When Longhi died in 1970 he left his collections of art, photographs and books "for the benefit of future generations" in his villa, Villa Il Tasso in via Fortini which is now the site of a foundation bearing his name.
This villa was the residence of Longhi and his wife Lucia Lopresti (the writer Anna Banti). The Foundation's preferred sphere of interest is art historical research. It also focuses on artists and specific artistic themes, including contemporary art and artists. The museum (pinacoteca) of the Foundation is open only to scholars and by appointment.
[2] James R. Banker, Piero della Francesca Artist and Man, p 167,Oxford (2014), ISBN: 9780199609314



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