(b. 1416, Borgo San Sepolcro, d. 1492, Borgo San Sepolcro)

Portraits of Federico da Montefeltro and His Wife Battista Sforza

Oil on wood, 47 x 33 cm (each)
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The Duke and Duchess stand out against the background of the Montefeltro hills, which is continued across the rear of the two wood panels showing allegorically the triumphs of the lords of Urbino. Piero's mastery of depth and volume, as he daringly places the Duke above what should be a cliff top overlooking the distant river, is brilliantly displayed. The Duke is painted without grandeur but with a quiet humanity, unusually in profile (he had lost one eye). The brushwork is executed with painstaking detail, showing perhaps the influence of Flemish art.

On the left: Portrait of Battista Sforza, Duchess of Urbino.

On the right: Portrait of Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino.

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