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PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA: ARTIST & MAN. James R. Banker. Oxford University Press, 2014. 310 pp. with 46 ills. (10 col.). 26 x 18 cm. LC 2013-938929 ISBN 9780199609314 In English.
Publisher's description: {Integrates} the story of Piero's artistic and mathematical achievements with the full chronicle of his life for the first time. Fortified by the discovery of over one hundred previously unknown documents, most unearthed by the author himself, James R. Banker at last brings this fascinating Renaissance enigma to life. The book presents us with Piero's friends, family, and collaborators, all set against the social background of the various cities and courts in which he lived... From early masterpieces such as the Baptism of Christ through to later, Flemish-influenced works such as the Nativity, we gain a fascinating insight into how Piero's art developed over time, alongside his growing achievements in geometry in the later decades of his life. Along the way, the book addresses some persistent myths about this apparently most elusive of artists. As well as establishing a convincing case to clear up the long controversy over the year of Piero's birth, there are also answers to some big questions about the date of some of his major works, and a persuasive new interpretation of the much-debated Flagellation of Christ.
Artist(s):Piero della Francesca
Indexing: Western, Europe — Italy — 1400-1600 — Painting, (Auto)Biography
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 157078
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