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The Baptism of Christ
Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

The Baptism of Christ 1450s

Piero della Francesca (c.1415–1492)

The National Gallery, London

Italian painter, virtually forgotten for centuries after his death, but now regarded as one of the supreme artists of the Renaissance. He spent much of his life in his native town of Borgo San Sepolcro and evidently had great affection for it, for he took an active part in its civic affairs (he twice served as a town councillor) and the surrounding countryside often features in the backgrounds of his paintings. At various times he also worked in Arezzo, Ferrara, Florence, Rimini, Rome, and Urbino, but his career is scantily documented and it is not possible to follow his movements in detail. (Arezzo and Urbino are close to Sansepolcro and Piero probably spent a good deal of time in both places, but he is only once actually documented in either, in Urbino in 1469.)

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)


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