Peter Schjeldahl reviews the artist’s first major retrospective:

Piero’s art is a multitudinous pictorial theatre, at which attendance amounts to complicity. Trying to assess the works in their historical context is hard. They keep spilling into the present tense.

Above: “The Finding of Vulcan on Lemnos,” by the compulsively original Florentine master. Courtesy Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art


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