Piero della Francesca at the Frick

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). Detail of Saint Augustine, 1454–1469 )
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 "Piero della Francesca in America," at the Frick Collection.
Installation view of "Piero della Francesca in America," at the Frick Collection.

On view through May 19, 2013.

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

On view through May 19, 2013.

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

On view through May 19, 2013.

( Courtesy of The Frick Collection. )
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