Piero della Francesca has been a leading influence on the contemporary painter William Balthazar Rose. Rose moved to Monte Santa Maria Tiberina, Umbria in 1997. Using the last of his savings he purchased a small flat with spectacular views high in the Tuscan/Umbrian hills. He used this flat to explore the landscape motifs of the area, and aimed to apply some of Piero's geometric skills to the landscape paintings he made. He worked often with the square as a proportion (a modernist tendency) though his approach to the painting was direct and naturalistic.