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Cosimo Rosselli

Competent But Rarely Inspiring

Detail of Rosselli's Incornazione della Vergine

Florentine Cosimo Rosselli (1434–1507) was a competent, not always very convincing middle-of-the-road painter. Trained by Neri di Bicci, he left of his best early work in Sant'Ambrogio.

In 1480 he was one of the Florentine painters (along with his son-in-law and follower, Piero di Cosimo summoned to Rome by Sixtus V to paint two, or some say three of the scenes on the walls of the Sistine Chapel. Vasari notes that he was a big favourite of the Pope because he used gold dust in his paint to make his figures glow. Another, better painter to come out of his studio was Fra Bartolommeo

Also see Santa Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi (Incornazione della Vergine), the cloister of SS. Annunziata and the Accademia.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Sailko, GNU Creative Commons License