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Constantine's Dream

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Lauren Sanders

on 9 January 2014

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Transcript of Constantine's Dream

Constantine's Dream
By: Lauren Sanders and Emily Gasparac
Constantines's Dream was painted by Piero della Francesca.
It was painted sometime between 1447 and 1466
Who is Piero della Francesca?
Piero della Francesca was born in 1420 in Sansepolcro, Italy.
He received a good education and he studied art in Florence.
He was one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance, and he mostly specialized in painting religious frescoes.
Some of his distinguishing traits are his uses of perspective, geometry, and mathematics.
Constantine's Dream
What is Being Shown?
Constantine's Dream shows Constantine the Great when he sees the angel and converts to Christianity after putting a cross on the shields of his soldiers and defeating Maxentius.
Constantine the Great went on to become the first Christian Emperor.
Fun Facts:
Constantine's Dream is part of a fresco called "The History of the True Cross".
It is one of six paintings featured on it.
It is Piero della Francesca's finest and largest work.
It can be seen at the Basilica of San Francesco in Arezzo, Italy.
Themes Found in Constantine's Dream
Perspective: Piero della Francesca uses perspective to bring the attention to the front scene of the painting and making the scene in the back much darker and smaller.
Shadows and Light: To show the meaning of the painting, the angel on the top is illuminated, and so is the tent where Constantine is sleeping.
Realism: Piero della Francesca uses realism to make the people look realistic and to show the emotion on their faces.
Period 3
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