Francesco Pesellino established a strong reputation in mid 15th-century Florence for his exceptional draughtsmanship and talent in the painting of miniatures (known as cose picole – ‘small things’). Yet, due in part to his early death at the age of 35 and the misattribution of many of his surviving works, his oeuvre has since been largely overlooked. Pesellino: A Renaissance Master Revealed, at the National Gallery in London, is the first major exhibition to be dedicated to the artist (7 December–10 March 2024). Highlights include the Pistoia Santa Trinità Altarpiece (1455–60), one of only two large-scale altarpieces known to have been produced by Pesellino, and a pair of cassone panel paintings (c. 1453–35) that depict scenes from the life of David. Find out more on the National Gallery’s website.
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