Saturday, May 18, 2013

Pseudo-Pier Francesco Fiorentino

Madonna with child and goldfinch
second half of the 15th century
tempera and oil with gold on panel
64.2 x 46.7 cm
Private Collection

The Pseudo-Pier Francesco Fiorentino is the name given to an unknown artist active in the second half of the 15th century. Previously, his work was mistaken for Pier Francesco Fiorentino, however in recent years, art historians have noted Pseudo-Pier Francesco Fiorentino's work surpasses that of his namesake in skill and mastery. The two are not to be confused. Pseudo-Pier Francesco Fiorentino primarily adapted works by Filippo Lippi and Pesellino. Works by Pseudo-Pier Francesco are all marked by a lavish, archaic use of gold leaf, and many include elaborate rose-hedge backgrounds, probably derived from Domenico Veneziano.