Exhibitions in 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!