Paolo Uccello was born in Florence in 1397. He was apprenticed to the sculptor and metalworker Lorenzo Ghiberti and was admitted to the painter's guild in 1414. Paolo was also a lifelong friend of the sculptor, Donatello. He married Tomasa Malifici in 1453 and a son, Donato was born in the same year. By 1456 the couple had also produced a daughter, Antonia.
Uccello was fascinated by the new science of perspective and spent nights and days drawing objects in foreshortening. when his wife called him to come to bed he would say: "Oh what a lovely thing this perspective is!"
His most famous work is The Battle of San Romano. The Battle of San Romano was fought in 1432 between the troops of Florence, commanded by Niccolò da Tolentino, and Siena, under Francesco Piccinino. There are three panels, one in the National Gallery in London, one in the Uffizi in Florence and the final panel is in the Louvre, Paris.