PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA
(b. 1416, Borgo San Sepolcro, d. 1492, Borgo San Sepolcro)
Polyptych of the Misericordia: Sts Sebastian and John the Baptist1445-62
Oil and tempera on panel, 108 x 90 cm
Pinacoteca Comunale, Sansepolcro
The two panels depict St Sebastian and St John the Baptist.
The oldest parts of the polyptych are the two panels with St Sebastian and St John the Baptist, to the left of the main panel. No other figure of Piero's, more than this St Sebastian, shows such close connection with Masaccio's nudes, even in his rather graceless but realistic pose.