Double Portrait of Battista Sforza and Federico da Montefeltro

Double Portrait of Battista Sforza and Federico da Montefeltro

Artist Piero della Francesca

Date ca. 1474

Movement Italian Renaissance

Medium Oil and tempera on panel

Dimensions each panel 18.5 x 13″

Housed at Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

 

Piero learned about painting with oil after working alongside Flemish painters at the court of Federico da Montefeltro in Urbino. Painted shortly after Battista’s death; her pale face is almost devoid of substantive features, though is framed by a complex hairstyle and jewelry. Piero paints the two against a low, sprawling landscape, making them appear massive and authoritative.