Cosimo Rosselli

1439-1507 Italy/Early Renaissance

 

Brief Biography-Cosimo Rosselli was born in Florence in 1439, he received his first instruction in the atelier of Neri di Bicci the Florentine painter of religious subject. He had many influences of the time, including Andrea del Verrocchio and Alesso Baldovinetti. Part of his success was his portrait of the Pico della Mirandola and other Florentine nobility, however, he also painted historical scenes in chapels. His most famous work was the commission by Pope Sixtus IV to paint frescos in the Sistine Chapel alongside Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Perugino. His three works were the Last Supper, Christ preaching near the lea of Tiberias and the drowning of Pharaoh. It is known that he attempted to surpass or equal the work of his three contemporaries by making an overuse of high contrast ultramarine and gold to compensate for lack of refinement in his paintings. This technique worked for the most part, however, Pope Sixtus IV was unimpressed and had his works altered or retouched by other artists.

 

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crossing of
the red sea

crossing of the red sea

crucifixion with the
madonna and saints

crucifixion with the madonna and saints

descent
from cross

descent from cross

 

madonna and child
with angels

madonna and child with angels


nativity

nativity


Madonna

madonna

portrait of
a man

portrait of a man

saint catherine of
alexandria

saint catherine of alexandria


saint lucy

saint lucy

the life of saint
filippo benizzi

scene from the life of saint filippo benizzi


scenes on
the left wall

scenes on the left wall

sermon on
the mount

sermon on the mount

tables of the law
with the golden calf

tables of the law with the golden calf


the annunciation

the annunciation