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Celebrated in his lifetime as a painter of perspective and of animals and landscape, Uccello was a versatile artist who worked at times on mosaic and stained-glass design. This painting is a late work, probably of c.1470. It is a highly original painting, both as a nocturnal landscape and as a brilliantly structured composition. Uccello mapped out a grid on the panel's surface as a guide for his design, fixing a central vanishing point.
tempera & oil, with traces of gold, on panel
H 73.3 x W 177 cm
Fox-Strangways Gift, 1850