The exhibition Piero di Cosimo (1462-1522) at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence has the subtitle Eccentric Florentine painter between Renaissance and Mannerism, where Mannerism refers to the art period that followed the Renaissance from around 1520.
Piero di Cosimo is less well known than some of his contemporaries like Filippino Lippi and Fra’ Bartolomeo, but the quality of his work certainly does not justify that. He was a student of Cosimo Rosseli, whom he assisted in painting the Sistine Chapel in 1481, and his art was strongly influenced by the works of Leonardo da Vinci and those of Dutch and Flemish painters.
His reputation of being eccentric came from his pyrophobia, which led him to rarely cook his food, and from his resistance to clean his studio.
The exhibition includes around 100 works and gives an overview of the development of di Cosimo as a painter. Also part of the exhibition are paintings and drawings by several of his contemporaries such as Filippino Lippi, Fra’ Bartolomeo and Lorenzo di Credi.