Piero Della Francesca Legend Of The True Cross

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Legend of the True Cross Piero della Francesca was born around 1415-1420 in Sansepolcro, Italy to an affluent merchant class family and died in 1492. There is obvious knowledge of geometry throughout his paintings, as he was trained in Mathematics and Science. He was skillful in linear perspective; he fixed rectangular planes in precise order and calculated them, thus getting his figures in true proportional height. He excelled in projecting shadows, and rendered with considerable truth atmosphere, the harmony of colors, and the relief of objects. He was naturally therefore excellent in architectural painting, and, in point of technique, he advanced the practice of oil-coloring in Italy. Excelled in chiaroscuro, the use of light and dark. • Abstraction, Naturalism- polished surfaces of gems and armour, luminous skies, sparkling rivers and streams, The church at San Francesco in Arezzo was founded in the late 13th century. The Bacci family agreed with the friars to sponsor the decoration of a section of the church called the Cappella Maggiore. In return the Bacci family was able to use the grounds for family burials. Bicci de Lorenzo was first commissioned to paint the frescoes. He became ill and died and the job was taken over by Piero della Francesca who finished the frescoes in 1466. The Legend of the True Cross is also part of the Golden Legend. The Cross, on which Christ was crucified and died, became for Christians the object of a special respect and worship, not only as a remembrance of His sufferings and death, but also as a symbol of His sacrifice. The frescoes at Arezzo are based on several entries in the Golden Legend by Jacobus de Voragine, The Invention (finding) of the Cross, and the Exaltation of the Cross. Quiet power, Lyrical calm, Rationally concieved spaces populated by simple figures, Grand architecture, Clear Perspective and geometry figure
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