Piero della Francesca (1415-1492) was an Italian Early Renaissance painter, mathematician and theorist. Emerging from the Medieval tradition, he pioneered the rediscovery of Classical norms and the formulation of visual perspective. He was a careful perfectionist who worked tirelessly to create a small number of truly outstanding works. The majesty of the Italian High Renaissance is indebted to his foundations.
This is Resurrection, a depiction of the victorious Christ rising from the grave before the sleeping Roman soldiers. Typical of Francesca's work, the figures are still, unmoving, solemn, and emotionless. Christ is shown as perfectly calm and serene, unshakable by death. This is Christ the King, Christ the Warrior -- who bears a battle standard in his hand.
(1463-1465, oil and tempera, at the Palazzo Communale of Borgo in Tuscany)
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