PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA
(b. 1416, Borgo San Sepolcro, d. 1492, Borgo San Sepolcro)
Oil on poplar panel
National Gallery, London
The five wingless angels in Renaissance imitations of ancient dress, playing stringed instruments and singing in harmony, are reminiscent of the marble musicians carved by Luca della Robbia for a famous singing gallery (cantoria) in Florence Cathedral and installed in 1438, a year before Piero is known to have been working in the city.