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Piero Della Francesca


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Introduction 1: Piero's Formation in Sansepolcro 2: Piero the Incessant Learner and Traveler, 1439-1450 3: Piero in the Court of Sigismondo Malatesta in Rimini 4: Piero in Arezzo: The Legend of the True Cross 5: The Confraternity and the Altarpiece of Madonna della Misericordia 6: Greek Geometry in Rome and Piero's Trattato d'abaco 7: Piero's Return to Patria and Family 8: An Arezzo Interlude 9: The Practice of Perspective: The Sant'Antonio and Sant'Agostino Altarpieces and the Flagellation 10: Piero della Francesca in Urbino in the Early 1470s 11: Piero in Sansepolcro, 1472-1475 12: Piero in Urbino in 1475-1476 13: The Persuasiveness of Paternal Authority, 1477-81 14: Piero in the Last Decade of His Life Conclusion Chronology of Piero's Life and Work Index

About the Author

James R. Banker is professor emeritus of Italian history at North Carolina State University, and lives for most of the year in Florence and Sansepolcro. An expert on the life and works of Piero della Francesca and Sassetta, two artists closely associated with San Sepolcro, his research has emphasized the role of lay religion in the lives of early Renaissance Italians, and the role of patrons, lay and clerical, in the paintings of both Sassetta and Piero. Author of numerous articles on Renaissance themes, his books include Death in the Community: Memorialization and Confraternities in an Italian Commune and, most recently, The Culture of San Sepolcro During the Youth of Piero della Francesca (2003).


Thanks to Banker we have an enormously clearer idea of just how common it was for Renaissance people to stay connected and use their connections in new places and for new ventures. * Gary Radke, Syracuse University, The American Historical Review *
[A] remarkable biography ... This compact, clearly written book rescues Piero from the dangerous fate of being an enigma. * Caroline Campbell, Burlington Magazine *
A vitally important contribution to Piero studies. * Julian Bell, New York Review of Books *
Banker's scholarship and research are impeccable and should be celebrated. * Literary Review *
Fascinating insight. * Good Book Guide *
making compelling claims about the dating of certain works, and offering a new interpretation of the enigmatic Flagellation of Christ. * Apollo *
insightful * Art & Collections *
This publication is beautifully produced and is a joy to read. * The Art Newspaper *
a carefully argued, highly accessible volume ... [Banker] masterfully summarizes and analyzes the sometimes daunting art historical and technical scholarship on Piero's visual and written works, offering a compelling portrait of the artist and the world in which he lived. * Gary Radke, American Historical Review *
James R. Banker's magisterial study, Piero della Francesca: Artist and Man, represents a major contribution to the scholarship on this Renaissance painter and mathematician and has a grounded keel and quiet strength that is evocative of the timeless quality of Piero's paintings themselves ... Banker's study serves as the culmination of a lifetime of scholarly work that will be welcomed by serious readers looking for a detailed study of one of the most complex of Renaissance artists, Piero della Francesca. * Journal of Modern History *

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