The success of the Metropolitan Museum: four paintings by Piero della Francesca under one roof

In the Metropolitan Museum in New York on January 14, an exhibition of works by the outstanding Italian artist Piero della Francesca opened. And although only four pictures are presented to the public, the exhibition has already aroused extraordinary interest: these canvases have never been displayed together before. In addition, the public is curious: what kind of a picture did the duke de Montefeltro present his daughter to the wedding?

Interestingly, the two paintings depict Saint Jerome, an image especially popular in European painting of the 15th-18th centuries. Apparently, for Piero della Francesca he was also important, and the artist twice depicted the saint - as an ascetic and as a translator of the Bible. In these religious paintings, the world appears in the eyes of a Renaissance man. His reality is faith in the power of the human spirit, in the dedication of life to the great work and the blessing of righteous deeds by heaven.

Madonna Piero della Francesca personifies perfection and heavenly beauty on earth. The painting “Madonna Senigallia” was painted by the artist while working at the court of Federico de Montefeltro in Urbino and became his wedding gift to her daughter Giovanna. In the picture, Madonna and Child with two guardian angels on the sides are depicted in the interior of the palace of the count. The light in the far room, falling from the window, means the birth of Christ - the Light of the World, which was spoken of in the revelation.Madonna SenigalliaPiero della Francesca1478, 61 × 53.5 cmThe works of Piero della Francesca harmoniously combine the two sides of the creative personality of the artist - theorist, author of the treatises on perspective, and the creator of ideal images. His works are distinguished by a harmonious, thoughtful composition, bright delicate color and clean images with classically correct features. The exhibition introduces the works of the artist, who embodied the humanistic ideals of the Renaissance - the statement of the spiritual and moral vocation of man.