cover country life october 17

Country Life 17 October 2018 makes achieving Country chic simple, avoids long stints on the M1 and explores the lure of the super cottage. Find out more here: VISIONS OF…

3122068 Italy: 'The Dream of Constantine', 'History of the True Cross' fresco by Piero della Francesca (painted between 1447 and 1466), Bacci Chapel, Basilica of San Francesco, Arezzo, Tuscany (2016); ( The History of the True Cross' or 'The Legend of the True Cross' is a sequence of frescoes painted by Piero della Francesca in the Basilica of San Francesco in Arezzo. It is his largest work, and generally considered one of his finest, and an early Renaissance masterpiece. Its theme, derived from the popular 13th century book on the lives of saints by Jacopo da Voragine, the 'Golden Legend', is the triumph of the True Cross-the legend of the wood from the Garden of Eden becoming the Cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. This work demonstrates PieroÂ’s advanced knowledge of perspective and colour, his geometric orderliness and skill in pictorial construction.); Pictures from History/David Henley. The Dream of Constantine by Piero della Francesca (1415/20–92), 10½ft by 6ft, Church of San Francesco, Arezzo, Tuscany. Picture from History/David Henley/Bridgeman Images

Former culture secretary Chris Smith chooses a piece from Piero della Francesca's unforgettable fresco cycle in Arezzo.