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Exhibitions in 2015

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Piero di Cosimo, Madonna with Child and Angels, Cini Foundation, Venice, 1505-1507 circa

Piero di Cosimo 1462-1522 – Eccentric Painter between the Renaissance and Mannerism

June 23-September 27, 2015

This exhibit has been organized by the Uffizi Gallery and the National Gallery or Art in Washingtion, DC, where the exhibition (with variations), was open from February 1- March 3, 2015

Not many know Piero di Cosimo by name, an original, unique and extraordinary storyteller from Florence’s Renaissance. Beyond the art history world, he certainly never reached the fame of his contemporaries, Filippino Lippi or Fra’ Bartolomeo.

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Piero di Cosimo, Enthroned Madonna with Child and St. Onofrio and Agostino, 1480 circa, Newark (DE), The Alana Collection

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Filippino Lippi, Madonna with Child and St. John the Baptist as a child, with 5 Angels (known as Tondo Corsini, Florence, Collection Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, 1481-1482 circa

For the first time ever, at the same time as Washington’s National Gallery showed interest in the artist and thus the idea was born of organizing it together, an exhibit is fully dedicated to this artist and his life, to showcase his mastery of observation of our natural world and how he could transform it into an enchanted world, whether the paintings were of a sacred or symbolic nature.

The exhibit in Florence is not exactly the same one that was presented in Washington earlier this year, as this exhibit also includes several drawings by Piero di Cosimo that could not travel to Washington because of their delicate nature.

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Piero di Cosimo, Particular of “Enthroned Madonna with Child with Saints Peter, John Evangelist, Elizabeth of Hungary and Catherine of Alexandria with angels”, Florence, Museum of the Innocenti

The over 100 works of art also include works by Filippino Lippi, Fra’ Bartolomeno and Lorenzo di Credi, to show the work of various masters that worked in the same time period. It includes works which are now spread out across the world, with 13 works from  US collections from Washington to New York to Los Angeles, and from Amsterdam and Scotland and other countries.

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Piero di Cosimo, Satyr that cries over the Death of a Nymph, 1495-1500 circa, London, National Gallery

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Close up of Satyr

Piero di Cosimo introduces us to the elegant taste and style of his patrons, from the Vespucci family to the Strozzi and the del Pugliese that commissioned works with mythological themes for their homes.

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Piero di Cosimo, Madona with Child and Saints Maria Magdalene and St. John the Baptist (in adolescent age), circa 1485-1490, Strasbourg, Musée des Beaux-Arts

 

We learn he was a solitary painter, as recounted by his biographer Giorgio Vasari, anti-conventional, who disregarded his physical aspect and thus appeared quite eccentric. Piero show affinity with Leonardo da Vinci in his interest and study of nature and the intensity portrayed in faces, as seen in the smiling faces of the figures in the Madonna with Child from the Cini Foundation in Venice.

Enjoy your visit!

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Piero di Cosimo, Two Angels with Crown, Edinburg, Nationaly Gallery of Scotland and Mystical Wedding of St. Catherine of Alexandria with St. John the Baptist, Saint Mary Magdalene, and St. Sebastian, 1510-1515 circa, Private Collection in Florence.