His iconic altar-pieces
and frescoes--painted for two Popes, members of Florence's Medici family, and the city's merchant elite--transformed Western art, securing his place in history and forging the future of painting in Italy.
Done up in leather, lace, or velvet, the players in Teraoka's cabaret of the damned perform, in epic-scale panoramas and on multipanel altar-pieces
in gilt frames, acts of deviance, hypocrisy, cruelty, and brutality amid hordes of animals, rising flames, and gothic and Romanesque architecture.
The author carefully defines the terms and unusual structure of these altar-pieces
so long in limbo between the medieval reliquary altar and the Cinquecento single-medium altarpiece that reflected the paragone prioritizing painting or sculpture.
The beautiful church of Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi was much damaged--the water here was at head height, damaging the Poccetti frescoes, the bases of altar-pieces
by Cosimo Rosselli and other artists in the church, and the bottom of the great fresco by Perugino nearby--but at the Annunziata, despite extensive flooding in the forecourt and the cloister, no serious harm was done .
Philip Benedict gives an overview of "Calvinism" as a culture, noting that while some Reformed were tearing down altar-pieces
, a few were employed by Catholic patrons as painters and sculptors of Catholic religious art.