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In the Footsteps of Piero della Francesca

Art-full Friday with Elaine Ruffolo

Daytime Program

Friday, February 19, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1H0563
$20 - Member
$25 - Non-Member
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The Resurrection of Jesus Christ by Piero della Francesca 1463


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
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Piero della Francesca is acknowledged as one of the foundational artists of the Renaissance. More than any other creator, he was responsible for the development of 15th-century painting in Florence and its crucial dissemination throughout Italy. His compositions marry art and science with cool precision and a sophisticated grasp of perspective—he was, after all, a mathematician. Francesca might in fact be defined as a “wandering painter” in the sense that he traveled continuously from the humble Tiber River valley where he was born to the great Italian courts.

Following his death in 1492, his artistic achievements faded from memory, only to be rediscovered in the mid-19th century and he later emerged as one of the most beloved and intriguing artists today. Join Renaissance art historian Elaine Ruffolo  from her home in Italy as she follows Francesca’s extraordinary career and his journey through Tuscany, Umbria, and Urbino.

World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*



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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.

This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.