Piero di Cosimo – the poetry of painting in Renaissance Florence

Piero di Cosimo (1462-1522) was, by any measure, an extraordinary painter. Working in the shadow of Botticelli and da Vinci, he produced religious works of great beauty and sensitivity that rival any of his contemporaries as well as works of imagination full of myth and allegory that resemble nothing so much as a cross between Bosch and Breughel. In these, the exquisite detail and facial features that characterise the religious works are distorted and replaced by figures and satyrs that are almost caricatures.

This magnificent volume (originating from Washington’s National Gallery of Art) is generously illustrated and includes eight essays discussing various aspects of di Cosimo’s art as well as his place in history.

Piero di Cosimo may not be one of the most familiar names in Florentine art but, on the evidence of this, he deserves to be considered as one of the greats and the book certainly does him justice.

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