Born: 1412; Borgo Sansepolcro
Died: 12 October 1492; Borgo Sansepolcro
Field: painting, fresco
Art Movement: Early Renaissance
An Early Italian Renaissance painter, Piero della Francesca’s paintings were characterized by a serene humanism, geometric forms and use of perspective. Little is know about his early apprenticeships and art studies, but his early works show the influence of the Sienese artists; which were active during his youth. It is known that he first received payments for his work as early as1439, when he was roughly around the age of 27. It is possible that during his stay in Florence he met such great masters as Brunelleschi, Fra’ Angelico, and Mantegna.
He began receiving his first public commissions in the 1440’s, executing works in San Sepolcro and Remini. During his stay in Remini it is though that Francesca may have met with the mathematician Leon Battista Alberti, as mathematics was one of his intellectual pursuits. Throughout his career, he traveled all around Italy, traveling to Rome in the late 1950’s when he was summoned by Pope Nicholas V to complete frescoes in the Papal capital.