Piero della Francesca at the Met
Though modest in scope, the exhibition reflects the epic scale of the Early Renaissance master’s frescoes while offering a concentrated glimpse of how startling and of-the-moment his work can be.
Piero’s forms are frontal and abstract, splayed against the picture plane in clusters of blocky, flattened shapes, wedding distinctly articulated volumes to the painting’s surface while infusing the compressed recesses between them with cool, crisp air. more
|Piero della Francesca, “Saint Jerome and a Supplicant” (c. 1460–64?), tempera and oil on wood, 19 1/2 × 15 1/2 in (Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice) (all images via metmuseum.org)|
|Piero della Francesca, “Saint Jerome in the Wilderness” (1450), tempera on wood, 20 × 14 15/16 in (Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin)|