Artist
Piero della Francesca
Italian painter

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Piero della Francesca
Italian painter
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Birth Date

1415

Death Date

1492

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One of the earliest dudes to prove that art and math can go together was Renaissance rockstar, Piero Della Francesca (PDF if you like abbrevs).

Giorgio Vasari, one of the first ever art historians, thought PDF was noteworthy enough to be noted in his sanctimonious tome, entitled Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects. The 16th century book also gave props to big shots like Sandro Botticelli, and ninja turtles Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. Turtle power!

At the time, being on Vasari's A-list was like being in OK! Magazine. Except much cooler. Known for his immaculate perspective on…well, perspective, PDF really outdid himself with works like The Flagellation of Christ and The Resurrection. His oh-so-sexy converging lines, expert handling of spatial relationships and crazy weird light quality came to influence trippy guys like Giorgio de Chirico later on in modern art.

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Here is what Wikipedia says about Piero della Francesca

Piero della Francesca (/ˌpjɛər ˌdɛlə frænˈɛskə/,also US: /- frɑːnˈ-/,Italian: [ˈpjɛːro della franˈtʃeska] (About this soundlisten); c. 1415 – 12 October 1492), originally named Piero di Benedetto, was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance. To contemporaries he was also known as a mathematician and geometer. Nowadays Piero della Francesca is chiefly appreciated for his art. His painting is characterized by its serene humanism, its use of geometric forms and perspective. His most famous work is the cycle of frescoes The History of the True Cross in the church of San Francesco in the Tuscan town of Arezzo.

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