Exaltation of the Cross (c. 1466) by Piero della Francesca

Exaltation of the Cross - Piero della Francesca - c. 1466

Artwork Information

TitleExaltation of the Cross
ArtistPiero della Francesca
Datec. 1466
Dimensions390 x 747 cm
Current LocationSan Francesco, Arezzo

About Exaltation of the Cross

Piero della Francesca’s fresco cycle, Exaltation Of The Cross, is one of the most important monuments of Early Renaissance Italian painting. The cycle is presented here in a unique 3-D walk-through interactive model and focuses on Jesus being taken down from the cross. The four panels depict this demonstration, specifically Heraclius entering Jerusalem with the Cross followed by inhabitants of Jerusalem, some of Heraclius’ followers and a double portrait of Federigo da Montefeltro.

This artwork is an excellent example of della Francesca’s skillful use of architectural perspective and serene nature. He was determined to present paintings in a theoretical environment which strongly influenced the style and mannerism for Italian painting for centuries to come. Piero della Francesca’s fresco cycle, Exaltation Of The Cross presents us with a wonderful mixture of beauty and imagination that truly speaks to the complexity and importance of this masterpiece.

The virtual walk-through model provides a unique way to experience this significant artwork and gain insight into preeminent Early Renaissance questions on architecture, perspective, nature, and humanity. Throughout his life, Piero della Francesca left behind numerous remarkable pieces such as Exaltation Of The Cross that remain powerful even in today’s world.

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