The Ideal City/La Città Ideale in the 15th Century
If you paid attention during art history classes (well, even if you didn’t) you know that the paintings ‘The Ideal City/La Città Ideale’ are one of the most fine examples of Italian Renaissance work. The Ideal City/La Città Ideale is a name given to 3 paintings which are kept at Urbino, Baltimore and Berlin and are named likewise. They are also known as the Urbino perspectives. The Ideal City of Urbino is the one we would like to share with you in specific. The Ideal City of Urbino, circa 1470, tempera on panel. (image via commons.wikimedia.org)
At the time we were in school this painting was believed to be made by Piero della Francesca. After that it was attributed to Luciano Laurana (and Francesco di Giorgio, Martini or Melozzo da Forlì.) Nowadays nobody knows for sure. (#theunneccesraythings #youneedlearnandremember)
The Ideal City of Urbino was on show during the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in Milan in 2015; that’s were we saw in for the first time for real. This painting is an absolutely breathtaking work. It isn’t very flashy or large (it has a very unusual size though: 67,5×239,5 cm) but it really stood out for us at the exhibition (remember: that was Leonardo Da Vinci at Pallazo Reale!) Being nailed to the ground in awe doesn’t happen that often to us in a museum, being sucked in (by) a painting, let alone a ‘realistic’ image, never happened before. These feelings weren’t forgotten but they went to the back of our minds. Until we visited Venice (Italy) and saw the skylines in the sun. It’s hard to focus on beauty in that overcrowded touristic place, but thanks to our memory of The Ideal City of Urbino painting, we managed to see how wonderful it is to be in such a historically important and very pretty place.
(images and dates via wikipedia.org)