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, 1470-85,4

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." [1]

Roberto Longhi

 

   
   

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 solid figures in Piero della Francesca's painting draw their inspiration from classical sculpture and the faces display an unusual lack of emotion. In 1897, the art critic Bernard Berenson wrote "Impersonality - that is the quality whereby (Piero) holds us spellbound, that is his most distinguishing virtue".
'In spite of its lack of documentation before the early nineteenth century, the Madonna and Child has been linked to the Montefeltro. As discussed above, in 1474 Pope Sixtus IV and Federico had arranged the marriage of Giovanna, Federico's daughter, and Giovanni della Rovere, the Pope's nephew. This alliance brought Federico his title of Duke, and Federico ceded Senigallia to Giovanni della Rovere, who thereafter ruled the town. The political arrangements were made when Giovanna was fourteen years of age, so the marriage ceremonies only followed in 1478. The painting has been linked to this political alliance and Giovanna's transfer to Senigallia with the date of commission and painting placed variously between the dates of the alliance and the marriage.
Because Piero was in Sansepolcro from 1472 to early 1475 and from 1477 to the summer of 1481, we can state with a high degree of certainty that Piero painted the Senigallia Madonna in the years 1475-76.6 These dates would strengthen the frequent suggestion that Federico commissioned the painting as a gift to the couple. In addition, another link between the young couple and the painting has been suggested. The angel in bluegray on the left is much more masculine in appearance than Piero's traditional asexual angels, whereas the angel on the right is more feminine. This has led to the claim that the two angels represent the groom and bride of 1478.' [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

 

 

Madonna di Senigallia di Piero della Francesca, 1470-85,5   Madonna di Senigallia di Piero della Francesca, 1470-85,4   Madonna di Senigallia di Piero della Francesca, 1470-85,6
Piero della Francesca, Madonna di Senigallia, details, Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino

 

     

 

 
 
   

[1] Roberto Longhi, Piero della Francesca: 1927: con aggiunte fino al 1962, Nuova ed., Firenze, Sansoni, 1963, p. 47
Roberto Longhii was an Italian academic and art historian. Longhi wrote seminal essays on many artists, most notably on Caravaggio and Piero della Francesca.
[2] James R. Banker, Piero della Francesca Artist and Man, p 168, Oxford (2014), ISBN: 9780199609314


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