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Encyclopedia > Piero di Cosimo
Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci (c.1480)
Oil on panel, 57 x 42 cm Musée Condé, Chantilly

Piero di Cosimo (also known as Piero di Lorenzo) (1462-1521) was an Italian painter. The son of a Florentine goldsmith, he apprenticed under Cosimo Rosseli, whom he assisted in the decoration of the Sistine Chapel. He was noted for his rather eccentric personality and unorthodox interpretations of mythological subjects. He also wrote a relatively famous treatise on geometry. Piero's students included Andrea del Sarto. He was found dead at the foot of a flight of stairs.

His works include:

  • Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci (c. 1480)
  • The Visitation with Saint Nicholas and Saint Anthony Abbot (http://www.nga.gov/cgi-bin/pinfo?Object=508+0+none) (c.1490) painted as an altarpiece for the Capponi chapel in the church of Santo Spirito, Florence
  • A Satyr mourning over a Nymph (http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/cgi-bin/WebObjects.dll/CollectionPublisher.woa/wa/work?workNumber=NG698) (c.1495)
  • The Discovery of Honey by Bacchus (http://www.worcesterart.org/Collection/European/1937.76.html) (c.1499)
  • Allegory (http://www.nga.gov/cgi-bin/pinfo?Object=304+0+none) (c. 1500) (oil on panel)
  • The Nativity with the Infant Saint John (http://www.nga.gov/cgi-bin/pinfo?Object=518+0+none) (c. 1500) (oil on canvas)
  • Fight between the Lapiths and the Centaurs (http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/cgi-bin/WebObjects.dll/CollectionPublisher.woa/wa/work?workNumber=NG4890The) (c.1500-15)
  • La Maddalena (http://www.galleriaborghese.it/barberini/it/maddalen.htm) (1501)
  • The Return from the Hunt (http://www.metmuseum.org/collections/view1.asp?dep=11&full=0&item=75%2E7%2E1) (c.1505–7)
  • Perseus Frees Andromeda (http://www.arca.net/uffizi/img/1536.jpg) (c.1513) (oil on wood)
  • The Building of a Palace (http://www.ringling.org/pages/art_museum_collection_8.htm) (c.1515/20) (Oil on panel)
  • Frescoes in the Sistine Chapel of Moses and the Tables of Law and Sermon on the Mount and Healing of the Leper.

Giorgio Vasari includes a biography of Piero di Cosimo in his Lives of the Artists.

  Results from FactBites:
Piero di Cosimo de' Medici - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (504 words)
Piero de' Medici (the Gouty), Italian Piero "il Gottoso" (1416 – December 2, 1469), was the de facto ruler of Florence from 1464 to 1469, during the Italian Renaissance.
Piero was born in Florence, the son of Cosimo de' Medici the Elder and Contessina de' Bardi.
Piero was warned by Giovanni Bentivoglio, and was able to escape the coup, in part because his son Lorenzo discovered a road-block set up by the conspirators to capture Piero in his trip towards the Medici villa at Careggi; he was not recognized, and was able to warn his father.
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