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Cassone (one of a pair)

Artist:
Italian (Florentine?) Painter , second quarter 15th century
Date:
second quarter 15th century
Culture:
Italian, probably Florence
Medium:
Tempera on lindenwood, molded and gilt ornament
Dimensions:
29 1/2 × 62 1/4 × 23 3/4 in. (74.9 × 158.1 × 60.3 cm)
Classifications:
Woodwork-Furniture, Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.190.129
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 604
The three scenes are identified by inscriptions in cartouches that read: How Acteon went hunting with his companions; How Diana changed Acteon into a stag (he had surprised the goddess bathing); How Acteon’s companions looked for him and could not find him. The story is from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, which enjoyed enormous popularity in the Middle Ages and beyond. This is one of a pair of marriage chests (cassoni) owned by the Museum.
Inscription: Inscribed (left to right, on cartouches): Como Anteon andava alla caccia / Con soa conpagnia; Como Diana f[e]ce deventare / Cervio Antheon; Como li co[n]pagni de Antheon lu / Andavano cerca[n]do et no[n] / Lu poteano retrovare (trans.: How Actaeon went hunting with his companions; hHw Diana turned Actaeon into a stag; How Actaeon's companions were looking for him and could not find him)
Ospedale di Santa Maria Nuova , Florence (until 1880) ; [ Paul Drey , New York, before 1913 ] ; George and Florence Blumenthal , Paris and New York (by 1913–d. 1941; bequeathed to MMA)
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