Piero di Cosimo

Piero di Cosimo - 1

  • Date of birth: 2 January 1462
  • Date of death: 12 APR 1522
  • Country: Italy


The real name of the painter Piero di Lorenzo di Piero d’antonio Ubaldini. He was born in 1462 in Florence and lived most of my life in this wonderful city. Of course, that his work refers to the Florentine school of painting. The artist studied with another Florentine master, Cosimo Rosselli, in whose name he received his nickname. The boy’s father was a Tuscan goldsmith, jeweler. Perhaps the father’s profession influenced the choice of profession of the son, and reflected in his meticulous approach to image details.

Di Cosimo was lucky to be born into a unique era when the development of art has reached an incredible level and scale. During this period, worked many great artists which have had a major influence on the creative manner of the master. In the first place, it influenced the art of his teacher, Rosselli. Within two years twenty years the artist worked together with his teacher over a series of frescoes of the Sistine chapel in Rome. Returning to his native Florence, he continued to work on Church images, creating paintings for the Church of St. Michael (San Michele), the Cathedral of the Holy spirit (San Spirito), in the chapel was the year of the Church belonging to the brotherhood of servicev – Order service of the virgin Mary.

The creative style of the master was influenced by best of Italian and Dutch painting. It has had a huge influence of such masters as Leonardo da Vinci, Filippo Lippi and Hugo van der goes. But the greatest success in painting he managed to reach only towards the end of his life, when he became acquainted with the works of Raphael, fra Bartolomeo and at the peak of the career of Leonardo da Vinci.

For two decades before the death of Piero di Cosimo became interested in mystical subjects in painting, which he is exceptionally well managed. Many researchers of his work and painting style emphasized a very developed imagination of the artist and the perfect embodiment of his vision in paintings. It is known that the master masterfully depicted flora and fauna.
His technique clearly shows the influence of Dutch painting, with crisp silhouettes, precise detailing, meticulous writing out the details. An example of organic fusion of Italian and Dutch school of painting was the famous portrait of Simonetta Vespucci in profile, with bare Breasts and with a snake wrapped around her necklace. In the film a number of carefully designed and written out the details, beautiful colors and traditional Florentine portrait, the choice of the head is portrayed in profile.

Master never was a court painter to a wealthy and enlightened family of the Medici, was rarely in society and does not rotate in the official sectors, preferring to work on individual orders. He performed masterfully. His work can be explored for hours, looking at a lot of small items, jewelry, the pattern on the fabric, as in the portrait of Simonetta, a complex weave braid with pearl pins, incredible palm trees and exotic plants, amazing range of colors, as in the “Conception of Mary”, a complex composition in the multi-figure paintings on religious themes.

In the artist’s works combined Italian beauty, juicy, but harmoniously matched colors and delicate designs all elements of the painting, characteristic of the Dutch style. But the creativity of di Cosimo has a special lyricism, to the bias, a reflection of personal experiences of the artist. He lived only 60 years, but left behind quite a lot of paintings that allow us to assess his achievements in creativity. In most cases, these are portraits of famous people and paintings of religious and mystical, and mythical themes.

He died in 1521 at Florence.