Niccolo Mauruzi da Tolentino at the Battle of San Romano by Poalo Uccello

An article in Country Life written by Cornelia Parker about her favourite painting: Niccolo Mauruzi da Tolentino at the Battle of San Romano (1438-40) by Paolo Uccello. From a very young age I played with a jigsaw representation of this painting and a stared at the image on the cover of the box while recreating the jigsaw image time and time again over many years, not really understanding what I was looking at! But seeing it again I realise that like Cornelia, this painting is very important to me and is part of my fundamental education of painting and visual influences. I love its decorative depiction of fabrics, flags, uniforms, armour and the beautiful dress of the horses. I really admire the linear quality, the balance of composition and the use of black. Seeing the battle floor is also very interesting, the fallen armour and weapons and horses shapely legs silhouetted against the flat pinky tone ground. As with many historical paintings, once looked at in detail it appears very modern and stylised.

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