PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA
(b. 1416, Borgo San Sepolcro, d. 1492, Borgo San Sepolcro)

The Flagellation (detail)

c. 1455
Oil and tempera on panel,
Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino

This figure in the foreground is probably a portrait. Bearded in the Byzantine fashion, he also wears a Byzantine hat. He gazes earnestly outward, and his mouth is open in speech as he gestures to his two companions.