FORA.tv Speaker - James R. Banker
James R. Banker is a social-cultural historian and professor emeritus of Italian Renaissance history at North Carolina State University. He lives for eight months a year in Florence and Sansepolcro, where he continues his research on the Sienese painter Sassetta (d. 1450) and Piero della Francesca, especially the latter's writings on geometry and proportion. He has published on Sassetta's execution of a specific set of instructions from his Franciscan patrons, Piero della Francesca's development as an artist, Piero's fascination with Archimedes (evident in his copying of the Greek's Opere), and the context and painting of Piero's altarpieces. Banker's books and articles on these subjects are primarily based on his discovery of previously unknown documents. Banker has completed a soon-to-be-released study of the life and art of Piero and another publication on all the known documents on the painter.
03.20.13 | 01:00:36 min
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