Piero della Francesca

By: Jack Gunning


Born: 1420 Sansepolcro, Italy

Life Spent In: Sansepolcro, Italy

Education/Training: apparently worked by the side of Domenico Venenziano, whose influence is clearly present in Piero's consistent use of white light and clear, crisp edges.

Life/Lifestyle: was an extremely complex artist whose works contained much meaning.

Type of Art: della Francesca created art masterpieces, those paintings were his only focus. Paintings include Baptism, Flagellation, Death of Adam.

Patrons: Some of della Francesca's most important Patrons was the Duke and Duchess of Urbino. More specifically, Federigo de Montefeltro and Battista Sforza.

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Artwork Details

Name of Piece: The Baptism of Christ

Piece Created In: 1450

Painting Located In: The National Gallery in London

Significance: The setting of this painting was in that of his home town of sansepolcro italy. The painting is definitely aimed towards religion.

Why I think it is Interesting: I find this piece interesting because it has many different symbols that show what kind of artist della Francesca was.

The Related "isms": The two isms that relate best to Piero della Francesca are classicism and illusionism. In many of his paintings he refers to christ which relate back to classicism. Illusionism because in many of his paintings he used illusions to make the paintings more interesting. I think Illusionism and Classicism best relate to this piece. Illusionism because Piero uses the mountains in the background as a type of illusion making it look further away. Classicism because this painting pictures Jesus Christ and that is a big part of classicism.

Works Cited

Jack Gunning


Roots of Thought

4 December 2015

"Piero della Francesca." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web.

1 Dec. 2015.

"Piero della Francesca." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 1 Dec.


della Francesca, Piero. The Baptism of Christ. 1450. Egg on poplar. The National Gallery, London.