Piero della Francesca, Ritratti di Battista Sforza e di Federico da Montefeltro

Uffizi, Piero della Francesca, Portraits of The Duke of Urbino and his wife

The famous pair of portraits on display at the Uffizi

Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6
The Portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino is one of the most famous works of art of the Italian Renaissance. Painted by Piero della Francesca, it depicts Federico da Montefeltro and his wife Battista Sforza and it is located in Florence's Uffizi Gallery.
It was in that Ducal city that Piero della Francesca carried out this masterpiece between 1465 and 1472.

These two portraits fit into the characteristic style and trend of the 1400s in Italy. A style that was in opposition to the Flemish portraitists who painted people’s faces frontally, rather than at a 60-degree angle as in this case. 

Piero’s portraits are typical of the Renaissance because they are extremely detailed, yet very idealized due to the fixed pose of the figures, who stare directed at nothing in particular. 

Choosing the representation in profile was an unescapable choice. In fact the Duke lost his right eye during a tournament and for this reason only the left side of his face is portrayed.

This is a solemn and ceremonial representation of two figures that want to be depicted using classical canons, and thus, in a timeless manner. The two figures are in a naturalistic backdrop that gives the scene a sense of incredible depth. Even here, Piero thoroughly studies the use of space, not just as a construction of geometric perspectives, but more in its capacity to create distance. In this case, distance is created by the detailed atmospheric elements and colours of the sky and horizon.

The back of the portraits is also visible, and provides further metaphorical information. 
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