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I Trionfi
I Trionfi The Triumphs of the Dukes of Urbino are part of the "Diptych of the Duchess and the Duke of Urbino", a series of paintings signed by Piero della Francesca (two on the right and two on the reverse side) oil-painted around 1465. It measures 47 x 33 cm and it can be admired at the Uffizi Gallery, in Florence.

Author: Piero della Francesca
Landscape: The Triumphs and the Metauro valley

Piero painted it on the reverse of Federico’s portrait. We can read an inscription in Latin at the bottom of the painting saying: "CLARVS INSIGNI VEHITVR TRIVMPHO./ QVEM PAREM SVMMIS DVCIBVS PERHENNIS./ FAMA VIRTVTVM CELEBRAT DECENTER./ SCEPTRA TENENTEM. It can be translated as follows: “He rides illustrious in glorious triumph, as he wields the sceptre in moderation.  The eternal fame of his virtues celebrates [him] as equal to the greatest dukes”. Federico da Montefeltro, on his chariot drawn by two white horses and guided by a winged putto, sits on a throne as he is being crowned by Victory; on the chariot’s platform, in its front part, sit the four cardinal Virtues.

Painted by the artist on the reverse side of Battista Sforza’s portrait. The inscription under the triumph scene says: "OVE MODVM REBVS TENVIT SECVNDIS./ CONIVGIS MAGNI DECORATA RERVM./ LAVDE GESTARVM VOLITAT PER 0RA./ CVNCTA VIRORVM." A translation in English could be: “She who observed modesty in success flies on all men’s lips, honoured by the praise of her great husband’s exploits”. Two liocorns, a symbol for chastity, draw the chariot guided by a winged cupid. Four theological Virtues are next to the Duchess who is reading (two sit on the front, on the chariot’s platform; two on the back, on the two sides of the throne).

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