The Triumph of Marriage: Painted Cassoni of the Renaissance

The Triumph of Marriage: Painted Cassoni of the Renaissance

by Cristelle Baskins
     
 

Cassoni is the Italian word for the chests, painted with scenes from myth and literature, central to upper-class weddings of the 15th century. Little known today, cassoni deserve recognition as masterworks of the Renaissance. Botticelli, Pesellino, and other superlative artists painted them. And they are precious early examples of the mythopoetic subjects that would…  See more details below

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Cassoni is the Italian word for the chests, painted with scenes from myth and literature, central to upper-class weddings of the 15th century. Little known today, cassoni deserve recognition as masterworks of the Renaissance. Botticelli, Pesellino, and other superlative artists painted them. And they are precious early examples of the mythopoetic subjects that would form the core of European art until the 20th century. The essays in this book shed new light on the meaning of cassoni through informative discussions of Renaissance wedding rituals, male-female relations, and daily domestic life. A catalogue section on cassoni in the exhibition that this book accompanies provides a unique guide to the stories of love, marriage, and politics depicted on these sumptuous objects.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934772867
Publisher:
Periscope Publishing
Publication date:
12/15/2008
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Cristelle Baskins is chair of the History of Art Department, Tufts University. Alan Chong is curator of collections at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Jacqueline Musacchio is associate professor of the history of art, Wellesley College. Adrian W.B. Randolph is associate professor of art history, Dartmouth College.

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