Piero della Francesca in America

Where was Saint Apollonia?

It is suggested that Apollonia was located on the left side of the frame because light falls across her from the left, not the right as in the other paintings.

The light source in the paintings mimicked actual light that came from the windows of the church. Apollonia may have been illuminated by sunlight from a rear window.

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Hypothetical reconstruction of the left pier base of the Sant’Agostino altarpiece, oblique view (rendering by Joseph Godla).
altar left side
Apollonia

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