Piero di Cosimo at the National Gallery of Art

I finally made it to the National Gallery—the one in Washington—to see the Piero di Cosimo exhibit.  Wish I’d gone sooner.  It closed on Sunday, and it was the kind of show that deserves repeated visits.

The Liberation of Andromeda

The Liberation of Andromeda

Perseus, flies on winged sandals to rescue Andromeda from a very strange sea monster.  Isn’t this picture wonderful?

Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci

Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci

This is his most famous portrait.  It depicts Simonetta Vespucci, who was a mistress of Giuliano de’ Medici.

The Discovery of Honey by Bacchus

The Discovery of Honey by Bacchus

The grand mythological depictions were what I liked most. Satyrs and centaurs and other half-human creatures make frequent appearances in his paintings

Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints

Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints

Prometheus

Prometheus

I remember seeing this painting years ago in the Alte Pinakothek, in Munich.   At the time, I hadn’t heard of Piero di Cosimo, but the painting stuck in my mind because I thought it resembled some of the works of Salvador Dali, 400 years before Dali painted them.


After leaving Washington, the paintings will be part of an exhibition at the Uffizi.

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