Piero della Francesca’s Legend of the True Cross Part I

Piero della Francesca was an artistic genius of the Renaissance, and one of the first ones, in fact. Though he was sadly neglected for hundreds of years, he’s now restored to his true renown, and nothing will convince you more of his mastery than visiting Arezzo’s Basilica of San Francesco. There, the Capella Maggiore is decorated floor-to-ceiling with Piero’s stunning frescoes. They depict the Legend of the True Cross, telling you about the wood of Christ’s crucifix, starting with its origins as a tree in the Garden of Eden. Listen to this story for an overview of the frescoes’ background and importance.