Piero della Francesca and the Invention of the Artist

Piero della Francesca and the Invention of the Artist


Known to his contemporaries as a mathematician, Piero della Francesca is today considered to be one of the most innovative artists of the early Italian Renaissance. His paintings are renowned for their incredible subtlety and sense of space and perspective.

Machtelt Brüggen Israëls dismantles the common myth that Piero’s art is enigmatic in this book. A thought-provoking study of the Italian painter, Piero della Francesca and the Invention of the Artist reveals much about the simplicity and stunning intentions behind his work.

Piero is often said to have invented the role of the modern artist, owing to his multidisciplinary career and experiences as a geometrician, a courtier, a traveller, and a patron. Israëls provides a nuanced account of his life and art, reconstructing how Piero came of age.

Product Code 1050868
Author Machtelt Brüggen Israëls
Dimensions 13.34 cm x 2.79 cm x 20.96 cm
Format Hardback
Pages 368
Publisher Reaktion Books
Published January 2021
Illustrations 94 colour illustrations
ISBN 9781789143218
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