Cossa, Francesco, or Francesco del Cossafränchĕs´kō dĕl kôs´sä [key], c.1435–1477?, Italian painter. He was a leading representative of the Ferrarese school and was regarded, with Ercole de'Roberti, as the founder of the Bolognese school. His principal works include The Glorification of March, April, and May, frescoes in the Schifanoia Palace, Ferrara; some admirable portraits of the artist's contemporaries; Madonna Enthroned (Bologna); Madonna and Child with Angels, St. Liberal, and St. Lucy (National Gall. of Art, Washington, D.C.); and an altarpiece representing scenes from the life of St. Vincent Ferrer (National Gall., London, and the Vatican).
See B. Nicolson, The Painters of Ferrara (1950).
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