The Valtiberina in Tuscany is the birthplace of many extraordinary artists, among whom we must first mention Piero della Francesca, who left in the valley an invaluable artistic legacy.
The geographical heart of his artistic career was Sansepolcro. In this town, you can still visit Piero della Francesca’s birthplace, and if you go to the town’s museum, you can admire masterpieces like ”The Resurrection”, ”The Polyptych of the Misericordia” and ”San Giuliano”.
Leaving Sansepolcro, after only a few miles’ drive, you can reach other sites that are linked to the life and career of the great artist.
- Birthplace (Sansepolcro)
- The Resurrection ( Sansepolcro, town museum)
- San Giuliano (Sansepolcro, town museum)
- Polyptych of the Misericordia (Sansepolcro, town museum)
- Madonna del Parto (Monterchi)
- The Legend of the Cross (Arezzo, Basilica of San Francesco)
- Maddalena (Arezzo’s cathedral)
- Diptych of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino (Florence, Uffizi Gallery)
- Polyptych (Perugia, National Arts Gallery)
- The Flagellation (Urbino, Marches’ National Gallery)
- Madonna of Senigallia (Urbino, Marches’ National Gallery)
- Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta (Rimini, Tempio Malatestiano)
Biography of Piero della Francesca
Piero della Francesca (c. 1415 – October 12, 1492) was a painter of the Early Renaissance.
As testified by Giorgio Vasari in his Lives of the Artists, to contemporaries he was also known as a mathematician and geometer. Nowadays Piero della Francesca is chiefly appreciated for his art. His painting was characterized by its serene humanism, its use of geometric forms and perspective. His most famous work is the cycle of frescoes “The Legend of the True Cross” in the church of San Francesco in the Tuscan town of Arezzo.