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Charles Hope, 17 March 1983

Piero della Francesca’s ‘Baptism of Christ’ 
by Marilyn AronbergLavin.
Yale, 182 pp., £19.50, January 1982, 0 300 02619 6
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Indagini su Piero 
by Carlo Ginzburg.
Einaudi, 110 pp.
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Gentile da Fabriano 
by Keith Christiansen.
Chatto, 193 pp., £35, June 1982, 0 7011 2468 7
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... conceal a wealth of esoteric symbolism. None of them, however, seem to have gone quite as far as Marilyn AronbergLavin, who has devoted an entire book to explaining a picture which at first sight appears entirely straightforward. When the Baptism of Christ was first exhibited in Piero’s native town of Sansepolcro ...

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