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Piero della Francesca at the Frick

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Curator Nathaniel Silver discusses the exhibition “Piero della Francesca in America,” at The Frick Collection through May 19. Piero della Francesca was a founding figure of the Italian Renaissance. The exhibition at the Frick Collection brings together seven works, including six panels from the Sant’Agostino altarpiece—the largest number from this masterwork ever reassembled for display.

Piero della Francesca (1411/13–1492). Saint Apollonia, 1454–1469
Piero della Francesca (1411/13–1492). Saint Apollonia, 1454–1469

Oil and tempera on poplar panel
15.3 x 11 inches
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Piero della Francesca in America” is on view at The Frick Collection through May 19, 2013

Piero della Francesca (1411/13–1492.) Saint Augustine, 1454–1469
Piero della Francesca (1411/13–1492.) Saint Augustine, 1454–1469

Oil and tempera on poplar panel
52.4 x 23.4 inches
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon
Piero della Francesca in America” is on view at The Frick Collection through May 19, 2013

Piero della Francesca (1411/13–1492). Detail of Saint Augustine, 1454–1469
Piero della Francesca (1411/13–1492). Detail of Saint Augustine, 1454–1469

Oil and tempera on poplar panel
52.4 x 23.8 inches
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon
Piero della Francesca in America” is on view at The Frick Collection through May 19, 2013

Piero della Francesca (1411/13–1492). The Crucifixion, 1454–1469
Piero della Francesca (1411/13–1492). The Crucifixion, 1454–1469

Oil and tempera on poplar panel, thinned and cradled
14.7 x 16.2 cm
The Frick Collection, New York
Piero della Francesca in America” is on view at The Frick Collection through May 19, 2013

Piero della Francesca (1411/13–1492). An Augustinian Friar (Saint Leonard?), 1454–1469
Piero della Francesca (1411/13–1492). An Augustinian Friar (Saint Leonard?), 1454–1469

Oil and tempera on poplar panel
15.7 x 11.1 inches
The Frick Collection, New York
Piero della Francesca in America” is on view at The Frick Collection through May 19, 2013

Piero della Francesca (1411/13–1492). Saint John the Evangelist, 1454–1469
Piero della Francesca (1411/13–1492). Saint John the Evangelist, 1454–1469

Oil and tempera on poplar panel, thinned and cradled
52.7 x 24.5 inches
The Frick Collection, New York
Piero della Francesca in America” is on view at The Frick Collection through May 19, 2013

Hypothetical reconstruction of Piero’s altarpiece for the Church of Sant’Agostino, Borgo San Sepolcro, showing the position of seven of the altarpiece’s eight surviving panels.
Hypothetical reconstruction of Piero’s altarpiece for the Church of Sant’Agostino, Borgo San Sepolcro, showing the position of seven of the altarpiece’s eight surviving panels.

The eighth panel, Saint Apollonia, is not illustrated in this view as it was located on the side of the altarpiece.
Piero della Francesca in America” is on view at The Frick Collection through May 19, 2013

Installation view of
Courtesy of The Frick Collection.
Installation view of "Piero della Francesca in America," at the Frick Collection.

On view through May 19, 2013.

Installation view of
Courtesy of The Frick Collection.
Installation view of "Piero della Francesca in America," at the Frick Collection.

On view through May 19, 2013.

Installation view of
Courtesy of The Frick Collection.
Installation view of "Piero della Francesca in America," at the Frick Collection.

On view through May 19, 2013.

Guests:

Nathaniel Silver

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Comments [11]

KINSALION from new jersey

i thought the show was beautiful. i liked the information on the plaques next to the pictures because they helped you understand the paintings. rthank you

May. 12 2013 09:22 PM
Alan from New York

In each case that we refer to a painter by his or her first name, is that the name they used in signing their work?

Mar. 20 2013 01:39 PM
Jim B

Saint Appollonia looks as if it could have been painted by a classical Roman mkuralist.

Mar. 20 2013 01:21 PM
t from astoria

ALter pieces torn from their settings...Although this discussion is about the Frick works, can you comment on the loss of great works from our sacred places: Like the Cole Hudson River School masterpiece being sold off at Christies? How much are we losing from American soil and from the small institutions that are selling off, deaccessioning native works of American art

Mar. 20 2013 01:19 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Can you imagine the beauty of hearing Mass in front of this altar piece!

Mar. 20 2013 01:18 PM
Jim B

Wish we could get the slide show fullscreen!

Mar. 20 2013 01:13 PM
Ed from Larchmont

And these paintings are opportunities for the painter to express theological ideas as a theologian or philosopher would.

Mar. 20 2013 01:11 PM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Amazing pieces. I want to see them up close.

Mar. 20 2013 12:48 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Oops, I meant "Run don't walk." Not so brilliant of me.

Mar. 20 2013 10:38 AM
Tony from Canarsie

Walk don't run to this exhibition. Seven works, all brilliant.

Mar. 20 2013 10:35 AM
Ed from Larchmont

At a time when, of course, not everyone was literate, paintings like those of Francesca served as wonderful catechisms for people. And, looking back, we see that they are just as good as written explanations.

The Baptism, the Resurrection, the Flagellation, are wonderful, among others. Of course there is also the mathematics and perspective also. Beautiful.

Mar. 20 2013 05:53 AM

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