The Flagellation (c. 1469) by Piero della Francesca

The Flagellation - Piero della Francesca - c

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TitleThe Flagellation
ArtistPiero della Francesca
Datec.1445 - 1450
MediumTempera on Panel
Dimensions59 x 81.3 cm
Art MovementEarly Renaissance
Current LocationNational Gallery of the Marches (Palazzo Ducale di Urbino), Urbino, Italy
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About The Flagellation

The Flagellation of Christ is a painting by the artist Piero Della Francesca, located in the Palazzo della Ragione delle Marche in Urbino, Italy. The masterpiece was created around 1469 and portrays the biblical moment in which Jesus is tortured at the Praetorium before his crucifixion. It is considered to be one of Della Francesca’s greatest accomplishments due to its profound symbolism and spiritual content. The artwork is also widely appreciated for its usage of linear perspective, creating an effect that tricks the viewer into thinking they are witnessing a real event.

Aside from its remarkable technique and composition, there are many peculiar aspects that make this painting stand out. First of all, there is an absence of emotion on all characters – Jesus himself appears calm and almost indifferent to the situation he’s living. Additionally, there are seven figures instead of the usual three present in most other depictions of the scene – with some believe to reveal deeper spiritual meaning. Going along with it, there’s also an architectural element that calls attention: It resembles a small temple like structure with columns circling around three men on each side

The Flagellation of Christ exemplifies once again Piero Della Francesca’s genius in depicting a religious scene while provocating contemplation and analysis by observers. It stands as an extraordinary example of what Rationalism can obtain working hand-in-hand with Christian mysticism. As we have seen today in this article, this work displays a high level of enigmatic truths awaiting to be discovered by viewers worldwide – just like his earlier work The Baptism, painted back in 1442 at Sansepolcro city hall walls.

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