The Queen of Sheba in adoration of the Wood (c. 1466) by Piero della Francesca

The Queen of Sheba in adoration of the Wood - Piero della Francesca - c. 1466

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TitleThe Queen of Sheba in adoration of the Wood
ArtistPiero della Francesca
Datec. 1466
Dimensions336 x 747 cm
Current LocationSan Francesco, Arezzo
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About The Queen of Sheba in adoration of the Wood

Piero della Francesca’s painting, The Queen of Sheba in Adoration of the Wood, is one of his most famous masterpieces and is part of the fresco cycle depicting the Story of the True Cross. Painted between 1453 and 1464, it includes three scenes: The Death of Adam, The Meeting of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, and The Battle between Heraclius and Khosrau. This page gives a detailed description and analysis for The Queen Of Sheba In Adoration Of The Wood. It is an example of Piero della Francesca’s work that showcases his sophisticated use of perspective, creating an effect that “merges past with present”.

The Queen Of Sheba in Adoration Of The Wood is said to be one of Piero della Francesca’s works from which subsequent generations regard as a key reference for exploring the aesthetic possibilities that can be made in paintings with its extraordinary exploration of anatomy. Its impact on Renaissance art has been considerable in terms familiarity and emotion as well as technical mastery. Another related artwork is Piero della Francesca’s iconic painting, The Flagellation, which was also created during this time period – c.1469 – shortly after The Queen Of Sheba in Adoration Of The Wood. Together they are among some of the greatest works from an Italian artist who has been widely recognized since his death as one of the leading mathematicians and artists who propelled early modern painting into a new realm.

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