The High Renaissance




Piero di Cosimo

Piero di Cosimo

(b ?Florence, 1461–2; d Florence ?1521).

Italian painter and draughtsman.Tax declarations made by Piero di Cosimo’s father suggest that the artist was born in either 1461 or 1462. According to the first, he was eight years old in 1469, while a catasto (land registry declaration) of 1480 gives his age as 18. A document of 1457 establishes that his father, Lorenzo di Piero d’Antonio, was a maker of small tools (succhiellinaio) rather than a goldsmith, as Vasari claimed. By 1480 Piero appears no longer to have been living at the family house in the Via della Scala, Florence, but was an unsalaried apprentice or workshop assistant to Cosimo Rosselli, from whom he received room and board and eventually took the name of Piero di Cosimo.


The Discovery of Honey

c. 1505-1510
Oil on panel
Art Museum, Worcester, MA


The Misfortunes of Silenus

c. 1505-1510
Oil on panel
Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge


The Finding of Vulcan on Lemnos

Oil and tempera on canvas
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut


Perseus Frees Andromeda

c. 1515
Oil on wood, 70 x 123 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


The Myth of Prometheus

Oil on panel
Alte Pinakothek, Munich


Mythos des Prometheus
Gemaldefolge von funf Bildern


Vulcan and Aeolus

c. 1495-1500
Oil and tempera on canvas
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

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