Monday, September 22, 2008

The One with Battista Sforza

Once upon a time when I was at BYU we played "dress up like an art piece." So I made myself look like Basttista Sforza. Chris took a profile picture of me, I took a picture of Provo and I photoshopped myself into the foreground to look more like the painting. And in case you're interested, here's some info about the painting:

Battista Sforza, 1465-66
Piero della Francesco
Panel, 47 x 33 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

During the Renaissance, profile paintings were the norm. In this depiction of Battista Sforza, Piero della Francesca epitomized the Renaissance ideals of humanism by depicting a women standing high above the background landscape; this suggests wealth and prosperity which was not typical of the average women. Other symbols include the broad forehead as a sign of virtue; women would shave their heads to achieve this look. The ivory skin signifies that she is not a woman of the world, because a woman of the world would have darker tanned skin. Her outfit has an abundance of detail and ornamentation with a focus on fabric, texture, and jewelry - the source of her income. Even her hair is a work of art suggesting she has many maidservants to help her with this tedious work. In this piece Battista becomes an object, or a mode of display. City walls enclose her suggesting women are circumscribed. Piero was considered a master of foreshortening and reality. The Montefeltro family in Urbino was Piero's most generous patron beginning in 1465 and commissioned this painting.


Whitney said...

LOVE the picture. you look just like the original!!! happy fall time!

tomas said...

except your face isn't green :-)

nadair said...

That's cool.