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Duke and Duchess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca

The double portrait of Battista Sforza and Federico da Montefeltro is conserved in the Uffizi Gallery

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Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6

The portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino is a diptych by Piero della Francesca, on display in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and comprising the portraits of the Duke of Urbino, Federico da Montefeltro and his wife, Battista Sforza, painted between 1465 and 1472. The work adheres to the typical 15th-century Italian style of portraiture that was introduced by Pisanello, who was opposed to the Flemish style that depicted subjects in the three-quarters position.

The diptych is a classic example of Renaissance art: the image of the Duke and his wife is realistic in its physiognomic elements, but is greatly idealized in the fixed pose and their gazes not being directed at anything in particular.

The portraits are the solemn and ceremonial representation of two people who want to portray themselves according to classic canons, timeless. The two figures standout against a landscape background, which bestows the portraits with a feeling of incredible depth.

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