Piero della Francesca


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.8 X 9.7 X 1.0 inches | 1.7 pounds

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About the Author

James R. Banker is professor emeritus of Italian history at North Carolina State University, and lives for most of the year in Florence and Sansepolcro. An expert on the life and works of Piero della Francesca and Sassetta, two artists closely associated with San Sepolcro, his research has emphasized the role of lay religion in the lives of early Renaissance Italians, and the role of patrons, lay and clerical, in the paintings of both Sassetta and Piero. Author of numerous articles on Renaissance themes, his books include Death in the Community: Memorialization and Confraternities in an Italian Commune and, most recently, The Culture of San Sepolcro During the Youth of Piero della Francesca.


"James R. Banker's Piero della Francesca: Artist and Man reminds us that...the human scale of his art--the ability to have his divine characters look us square in the eye as our eyes square up the mathematically intense realism of his worlds--never gets old."--Big Think

"[W]e owe a great debt to Professor Banker for his tireless effort of mining the
archives and for then presenting the results in an enjoyable manner (some chapters can be
assigned to undergraduates)...[H]is findings and their meaning for Piero scholarship and beyond amply demonstrate the value of archival research in the twenty-first century."--Renaissance Quarterly

"James R. Banker's magisterial study, Piero della Francesca: Artist and Man, represents a major contribution to the scholarship on this Renaissance painter and mathematician and has a grounded keel and quiet strength that is evocative of the timeless quality of Piero's paintings themselves...Banker's study serves as the culmination of a lifetime of scholarly work that will be welcomed by serious readers looking for a detailed study of one of the most complex of Renaissance artists, Piero della Francesca."--Journal of Modern History