The Enigma of Piero
Piero della Francesca
by Carlo Ginzburg
Translated by Martin Ryle and Kate Soper
Introduction by Peter Burke
160 pages / August 2002 / 9781859843789
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The vivid portrait of Piero della Francesca in a new edition.
Sifting the available evidence, Carlo Ginzburg builds up a vivid portrait of Piero della Francesca's patrons and convincingly explains the contemporary intrigues resonant in his painting. This new edition, extensively illustrated, includes additional material by Ginzburg dealing with the work of Roberto Longhi, the dating of the Arezzo Cycle, and the rediscovery of della Francesca in the twentieth century.
“The persuasiveness of his brilliant chain of argument is such that, in the end, the conclusions seem as firm as if based on first-hand documents.”
“An excellent translation of a brilliant and stimulating thesis, well-produced and richly illustrated.”
“A cerebral detective story that uncovers the still pertinent bond between power and art.”
“Includes much valuable research on the involvement of Piero's patrons in the great political, religious and cultural events of the time.”