(b. 1397, Firenze, d. 1475, Firenze)

Micheletto da Cotignola Engages in Battle

Tempera on wood, 180 x 316 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

In the Louvre panel there is a formal subtext created by strong decorative elements, such as the tights of contrasting colours worm by the soldiers on the left, or the arrangement of the lances, which form a series of patterns and movements that echo the horses and their riders. As could be expected, foreshortening and perspective are devices favoured by the artist. The landscape has been sacrificed to the figural action.