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Past exhibition

Pesellino: A Renaissance Master Revealed

7 December 2023 – 10 March 2024

Admission free

Room 46

Discover an overlooked Renaissance great in the first ever exhibition dedicated to Francesco di Stefano, known as Pesellino (1422–1457).

Pesellino’s talents were hugely sought-after during his lifetime. He gained commissions from Florence’s ruling Medici family, and collaborated with the leading artists of his time, including Fra Filippo Lippi.

Working in Florence in the early 15th century, Pesellino had a short but successful career. He was a skilled draughtsman, visual storyteller and a painter of animals, often producing works on a small scale with wonderfully intricate detail. His work inspired the next generation of painters after his early death at the age of 35.

This exhibition uncovers Pesellino’s story and shines a light on the depth and breadth of his achievements.

See up close his masterpieces, including the Pistoia 'Trinity' altarpiece (1455–60) and newly restored 'Stories of David' (about 1445–55) 'cassoni' (marriage chest) panels, and immerse yourself in his world of vibrant storytelling and exquisite detail.

Detail from Francesco Pesellino, 'The Triumph of David', about 1445–55 © The National Gallery, London

The H J Hyams Exhibition Programme

Supported by The Capricorn Foundation


Exhibition supported by


The Vaseppi Trust
Mr and Mrs Giuseppe Ciucci

Count and Countess Emilio Voli

Rothschild Foudation


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