Subject 04: Piero Della Francesca

Supervisors Mrs. Reinicke-Millet (D) | Mr. De Fayet (F)
Students Anna Dema (I) | Gabriel Menzinger (D) | Luna Diaz (L)
Viviana Hjskaj (I) | Melissa Grabeleu (D) | Julie Nilles (L)

The legend of the True Cross

Our topic retraces the legend of the True Cross. This legend is illustrated through a cycle of frescoes by Piero Della Francesca. They can be found in the Bacci chapel of the Basilica of Saint Francis in Arezzo, a Tuscan village (Italy).
The aim was to produce a video with the help of a photographer from the University of Paris (Gilles De Fayet) and Mrs. Millet. We were fortunate enough to admire these frescoes by Piero Della Francesca twice. We were all very impressed. Moreover, we had the opportunity to use super modern cameras to document our theme. In the beginning, we faced some difficulties related to the implementation phase, but toward the end of our stay we managed to realise a short film, a two-minute video. In this video you will receive further information on the frescoes and on what we felt and thought about the frescoes when we saw them.

Piero Della Francesca, the father of modern perspective

The Saint Francis Basilica lies on the square with the same name. In its apse you can find the masterpiece, the True Cross, painted by Piero Della Francesca between 1452 and 1459. the fundamental aspects of this work of art are the luminosity of its colours, as well as the play with light and perspective. The Basilica contains many frescoes by Piero Della Francesca from the cycle of the Legend of the True Cross, illustrating the Golden Legend by Jacques de Voragine, more recently restored (2000) after 15 years of work.
Piero Della Francesca, officially named Piero di Benedetto de Franceschi, was born between 1412 and 1420 in Borgo San Sepolcro in Tuscany and died October 12, 1492, is an artist painter. His work is inspired by geometric perspective, invented by Brunelleschi and theorised by Alberti. His artistic production is considered ground-breaking in terms of rigorous perspective and express utilisation of light.