Media Information

 
 
 
Collection:
ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART
Preferred Title:
Legend of the True Cross
Alternate Title:
History of the True Cross
Image View:
Scenes on the right wall in three registers
Creator:
Bicci di Lorenzo (Italian painter, 1373-1452); Piero della Francesca (Italian painter, ca. 1415-1492)
Location:
site: Basilica di San Francesco (Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy)
Location Note:
Cappella Maggiore
GPS:
43.4645 11.8808
Date:
ca. 1447-1466 (inclusive)
Cultural Context:
Italian
Style Period:
Fifteenth century; Renaissance
Work Type 1:
chancel
Work Type 2:
fresco (painting)
Classification:
Paintings
Material:
pigment on plaster (fresco)
Technique:
fresco painting (technique); grisaille
Measurements:
390 cm (height, top lunette) x 747 cm (width, top lunette)
Subjects:
cycles or series; New Testament; Old Testament and Apocrypha; saints; Constantine, Emperor of Rome; Franciscans; Restoration and conservation; faux marbre
Description:
Its theme, derived from the popular 13th century book on the lives of saints by Jacopo da Varagine, the Golden Legend, is the triumph of the True Cross; the legend of the wood from the Garden of Eden becoming the Cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. This work demonstrates Piero's advanced knowledge of perspective and color, his geometric orderliness and skill in pictorial construction. The frescoes in the chancel were begun around 1447 by Bicci di Lorenzo, but Piero received the commisssion in 1452 when Bicci died. The work was completed in two stages, halted during 1458-1459, and completed in 1466. The designs are by Piero, but the execution is by him and his workshop assistants. The frescoes were restored 1991-2000 (these photos are after the restoration). (Source: Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Main_Page)
Collection:
Archivision Adjunct Module D: World Art
Identifier:
6A1-PIERO-LOTC-A-A07
Rights:
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.

Legend of the True Cross