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

Resurrection (detail)

1463-65
Mural in fresco and tempera
Pinacoteca Comunale, Sansepolcro

Above the figures of the sleeping sentries, Piero has placed the watchful Christ, no longer seen from below, but perfectly frontally. The resurrected Christ, portrayed with solid peasant features, is nonetheless a perfect representative of Piero's human ideal: concrete, restrained and hieratic as well.

The figure of the risen Christ is shown with the banner of Sansepolcro, the little town where the painter was born. The solemn moment when Christ rises from the tomb is depicted with an austere grandeur. On the left is a wintry landscape, arid and lifeless, while the other on the right is flourishing, spring like and alive, as Christ returns from the dead to waken all nature and humanity.