Piero della Francesca, The Virgin with Child, Angels and Saints (Pala Montefeltro), Brera Pinacoteca

Piero della Francesca: Perspective and Piety

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  • Scottish National Gallery
  • Hawthornden Lecture Theatre (please enter via the back door of the Academy building. No admittance to the gallery before 6:15pm)
  • Wednesday 11 April, 6:30- 8:30pm
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We are accustomed nowadays to construe pictureplane as picture-space. However, we don’t have to do so, and we were not always so accomplished. It was a geometry of spatial representation invented in the early 15th century, encoding space as plane, that taught us the trick. Before then, picture-plane alone had been able to carry a great burden of religious meaning. Now, within picture-space, theological problem arose. Piero della Francesca was supremely skilled in the application of the geometry. Dr James Lawson, recently retired from the University of Edinburgh, will discuss the procedure, its problems and how Piero addressed them.