During a career spanning nearly sixty years Piero della Francesca worked in almost every major center across the Italian peninsula, although nowhere did he accept more commissions than in Borgo San Sepolcro. Like his native city, Piero's paintings are possessed of a character that is neither Florentine nor Sienese but entirely unique. On the closing weekend of the special exhibition, the show's curator will discuss Piero's career in Borgo and explore how some of his masterpieces created for that city reached American shores.
- This lecture is made possible by the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.
Nathaniel Silver is The Frick Collection's guest curator of the exhibition Piero della Francesca in America (February - May 2013) and editor of its accompanying catalogue. He holds a Ph.D. from University College London and an M.A. from the Courtauld Institute of Art. From 2010 to 2012, he was the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Frick and an invited participant in The Material Life of Things Project, a Courtauld Research Forum initiative. His publications include an essay on drawings after antique sculpture in Taddeo and Federico Zuccaro: Artist Brothers in Renaissance Rome (J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007) and catalogue entries on drawings by Claude Lorrain and Gianlorenzo Bernini in Master Drawings from the Courtauld Gallery (The Frick Collection and The Courtauld Institute of Art, 2012). Most recently, he reviewed the summer exhibition at the Galleria degli Uffizi for The Burlington Magazine (November 2012).