Piero di Cosimo at National Gallery of Art

First major US exhibition of Piero di Cosimo at National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Piero_di_cosimo,_incarnazioneFrom February 1 to May 3, 2015, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is holding the first major exhibition in the US of Piero di Cosimo (1462-1522), a Florentine Renaissance master remembered for his oddities by Giorgio Vasari in Lives of the Artists. As critic Peter Schjeldahl notes in this New Yorker article, the painter often radically changed his style — sometimes embracing contemporaneous influences, other times with an iconoclastic agenda. The National Gallery of Art exhibition, Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence, seeks to offer a comprehensive panorama of his various styles and subject matters; the show features, according to the museum website, “44 of the artist’s most compelling paintings, including fanciful mythologies, powerful religious works […] and sensitive portraits.” It is believed that nearing the end of his life, Piero di Cosimo became increasingly religious and produced more religious artworks, of which The Immaculate Conception with Saints (left) is an example.