Retracing the painter’s steps in central Italy
Following the life of Piero della Francesca – a master of Italian Renaissance – leads us along an exciting journey through the regions of central Italy.
A journey that will unveil stunning sceneries, art, landscapes, history, traditions and culture. A changing path of isolated churches, medieval villages and rolling hills, that Piero della Francesca admired and captured in his travels across central Italy.
A true Renaissance polymath, Piero was not only a painter, but an intellectual, a master of light, symbols and perspective. Piero di Benedetto de’ Franceschi, commonly known as Piero della Francesca, was born in Borgo Sansepolcro in 1416-17 and died there on 12 October, 1492. Among the most emblematic figures of the Italian Renaissance, he was part of the second generation of painter-humanists.
His works are wonderfully suspended between art, geometry and layered systems, a nexus of complex theological, philosophical and topical issues. He managed to harmonise, in life as in his works, the intellectual and spiritual values of his time, by condensing multiple influences and mediating between tradition and innovation, religious and humanist beliefs, rationality and aesthetics. The palaces of the Malatesta, the Medici and the Montefeltro families still house his masterpieces, which have kept their charm in spite of time.
In Tuscany, the Piero della Francesca tour principally covers the Valtiberina – where the Tiber river flows – displaying a wealth of tradition, history and culture that has remained intact over time and is partially untapped. The starting point and crux of Piero della Francesca’s life and oeuvre, this is also the land where the illustrious Michelangelo Buonarroti and mathematician Luca Pacioli were born, in Caprese Michelangelo and Sansepolcro respectively.
Along the path between Sansepolcro and Monterchi stands the medieval village of Anghiari, a fascinating destination that enjoys a marvellous view from its 13th century walls, which encircle a perfectly intact historical centre. The village is known for the eponymous fresco The Battle of Anghiari – fought between the cities of Florence and Milan in 1440 – which was painted by Leonardo da Vinci in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence but has unfortunately decayed with time.