Love and marriage in Renaissance Florence: the Courtauld wedding chests
One of the most important and historically neglected art forms of Renaissance Florence, cassoni were pairs of chests which were lavishly decorated with precious metals and elaborate paintings in order to celebrate the marriages of powerful families. This catalogue reflects the Courtauld's beautiful and ornate examples.
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Albert Museum Ambrogiuolo Apollonio di Giovanni Archivio Gherardi-Piccolomini d'Aragona Artaud de Montor artists Bernabo Biagio and Sellaio Boccaccio Caesar Campbell 2ooo cassone panels cassoni century chests and spalliera chests cat contemporary Courtauld Gallery decorated Delli depicted domestic painting fifteenth fifteenth-century Florentine Florence Florentine front panel furniture painting gesso Gherardi-Piccolomini d'Aragona 137 gilding Ginevra Giovanni and Marco Graeme Barraclough Harewood Harewood House Jacopo del Sellaio Livy Lorenzo Morelli's Lydecker Marco del Buono Marradi marriage Master of Marradi Medici Meeting of Solomon metal leaf Morelli Morelli-Nerli chests narrative National Gallery Nerli painted chests painted great chests painters pair Plutarch private collection Renaissance Roman Samuel Courtauld Scheggia Schubring 1915 Scipio side panels Siege of Carthage Solomon and Sheba spalliera panels Spence's Stefano stories surviving Thomas Gambier Parry Tilly Schmidt Toscani Triumph Valerius Maximus Vasari 155o Victoria and Albert visual wedding chests William Blundell Spence workshop