The Resurrection by Piero della Francesca

Beautiful fresco at Sansepolcro Civic Museum

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The Resurrection is a large fresco painted by Piero della Francesca on the middle wall of the Sala dell’Udienza at the Palazzo dei Conservatori, which can be seen at Sansepolcro’s Civic Museum.

The figure of the Saviour dominates the scene, strong, energetic and solemn: this is Christ who triumphed over the darkness of his grave and the lack of human awareness. In the background there’s a metaphorical landscape that depicts the passage of time and the seasons of life, symbolized by luxuriant nature and bare nature. The artist made the decision to represent the beginning of a new day, which acts as a symbol of the dawn of life.

The landscape divided in two, one luxuriant, one dying, is also reminiscent of the Allegory and Effects of Good and Poor Government, the fresco cycle by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, housed in Siena’s Palazzo Pubblico.

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