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Fra Filippo Lippi (Italian, Florence ca. 1406–1469 Spoleto)
Date: ca. 1440Accession Number: 89.15.19
Master of Charles of Durazzo (Italian, Florentine, late 14th century)
Date: 1381–82Accession Number: 07.120.1
Biagio d'Antonio (Italian, Florentine, active by 1472–died 1516)
Accession Number: 32.100.69
Attributed to workshop of Apollonio di Giovanni di Tomaso (Italian, Florence ca. 1416–1465 Florence)
Date: after ca. 1461Accession Number: 14.39
Giovanni di ser Giovanni Guidi (called Scheggia) (Italian, San Giovanni Valdarno 1406–1486 Florence)
Date: ca. 1449Accession Number: 1995.7
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Wealthy Florentine merchants and bankers and members of prominent families commissioned portraits for posterity. Marriage was often commemorated with a pair of large storage chests (cassoni) with painted fronts illustrating emblematic stories from Greek and Roman mythology or the Old Testament. Marriage chambers might be decorated with painted panels set into wainscoting or above the backrest of a daybed or bench, and large, ceremonial trays celebrated the birth of an heir (the Museum owns that of Lorenzo de' Medici). Sets of ceramic tableware were acquired and conspicuously displayed. In this gallery, secular art takes its place alongside religious painting as a mainstay of the artist's world.
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