PIERO DI COSIMO
(b. 1462, Firenze, d. 1521, Firenze)

The Discovery of Honey

c. 1505-1510
Oil on panel
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester

Piero di Cosimo's two mythological paintings, the Discovery of Honey (Art Museum, Worcester) and The Misfortunes of Silenus (Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge), with their free, combinatory constructions, bright palette and almost outrageous sense of humour and wit, were ordered by Giovanni Vespucci.