On this day in 1492, Piero della Francesca died in his hometown of Borgo San Sepolcro. He was in his late seventies. A painter and theorist, Piero is known for his experiments with linear perspective and the oil medium, which both served his keen interest in naturalism. Piero also excelled as a fresco painter; his most beloved cycle adorns the cappella maggiore of the Church of San Francesco in Arezzo.
Reference: Frank Dabell and J.V. Field. “Piero della Francesca.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.
Further reading: Piero della Francesca by Anna Maetzke (2013).
Portraits of Federico da Montefeltro and His Wife Battista Sforza, 1465-66, tempera on panel, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
View of the Cappella Maggiore and details,1452-66, fresco, San Francesco, Arezzo