One of the great artists of the early Italian Renaissance, Piero della Francesca
painted religious works that are marked by their simple serenity and clarity.
He was also interested in geometry and mathematics and was known for his contributions
in these fields.
Although the date and place of Piero della Francesca's birth are not definite,
it seems likely that he was born in about 1420 in Sansepolcro, Italy. His father
was a well-to-do tanner and shoemaker, and Piero's varied accomplishments indicate
that he received a good education. He probably studied painting with one of
several skilled artists of the Sienese school who lived in Sansepolcro.