Saturday, January 11, 2014

Piero della Francesca: Personal Encounters

(Also see Piero della Francesca In America)

Through a special collaboration with the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice, and the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host a focused presentation on the devotional paintings of Piero della Francesca, addressing Piero’s work for private devotion for the first time.

The four works on view have never before been brought together; the exhibition, therefore, promises to make an important contribution to the study of this major figure of the Renaissance. Piero della Francesca: Personal Encounters, on view at the Metropolitan Museum beginning January 14, will consist of the following paintings:

1. Saint Jerome and a Donor from the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice;

2. Saint Jerome in a Landscape from the Gemaldegalerie, Berlin;

3. Madonna and Child from a private collection in New York.

4. Madonna and Child with Two Angels (Senigallia Madonna)

Full credits, alternative titles (source)

1. Saint Jerome and a Devotee
Tempera (and oil?) on wood
19 ½ x 16 ½ in. (49.4 x 42 cm); painted surface: 19 ½ x 15 ½ in. (49.4 x 39.5 cm)
Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

2. Saint Jerome in the Wilderness
Oil on wood (chestnut)
20 1/8 x 15 in. (51 x 38 cm)
Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

3. Madonna and Child
Tempera on wood, 20 7/8 x 16 1/8 in. (53 x 41 cm)
The Alana Collection

4. The Senigallia Madonna and Child with Two Angels
(also: Virgin with Child Giving His Blessing and Two Angels)
Tempera and oil on wood (walnut)
24 11/16 x 20 ¾ in. (62.7 x 52.8 cm)
Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino (inv. 1990 D 58)