Piero di Cosimo

Fiction, Invention and fantasia

Sharon Fermor

Piero di Cosimo
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Sharon Fermor

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232 pages | 8 x 11
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9780948462368 Published June 1997 For sale in North and South America only
This is the first book on Piero di Cosimo (1461–1521) widely considered one of the most intriguing figures of the Florentine Renaissance – to be written in English for over fifty years. Sharon Fermor presents new solutions to questions the function and iconography that have puzzled commentators hitherto, and examines Piero’s approach to pictorial composition and to gesture that contribute to the distinctiveness of his oeuvre.

Of crucial importance in this fresh evaluation of Piero’s career is the author’s explanation of the strategies employed by Vasari for his Life of Piero, written in the mid sixteenth-century. By exposing the misconceptions – many still influential today – that resulted from Vasari’s account, she reveals that even Piero’s most unusual paintings on mythological themes are in fact coherent and meaningful compositions, and not the product of an isolated eccentric at odds with the artistic community of his time.
1. Vasari’s Life of Piero di Cosimo
2. Secular Paintings
3. Religious Works
4. Piero and the Depiction of Landscape
Select Bibliography
List of Illustrations
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