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

8. Battle between Heraclius and Chosroes (detail)

1452-66
Fresco
San Francesco, Arezzo

There are soldiers dressed in Roman style, with very colourful and fanciful costumes. These soldiers run through their enemies, who are seemingly defenseless in their elegant civilian clothes, not battle dress, and try to protect themselves with very light-weight shields, in vain.

The armoured horsemen coming from the left seem to play a decisive role in the outcome of the battle. Clad in the shining of the quite up-to-date armour, they advance like anonymous western defenders of the faith.




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