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Cassone Adimari

Cassone Adimari

The Cassone Adimari (ca 1450), according to the tradition, was the front panel of a wedding chest.

The scene depicts the prestigious marriage between Boccaccio Adimari and Lisa Ricasoli, celebrated in 1420, or most likely the Martelli-Adimari union which was celebrated twenty years later. Recent studies report that the nuptial parade was not made for a wedding coffer “cassone”, but rather for a panel inserted in one of the “spalliere”, the wooden wainscoting often used during the Quattrocento (1400s) to line the walls of the nuptial chamber.

Scholars now agree about the final attribution of the Cassone, painted by the younger brother of Masaccio, nicknamed “Lo Scheggia”.

Cassone Adimari

The painting represents an elegant wedding parade taking place in downtown Florence, as witnessed by the white and green building located in the background clearly recognizable as the Baptistry of St. John the Baptist. In the center, a line of noblemen and noblewomen paired in couples move in graceful dance steps under a colorful drapery, accompanied by musicians playing trumpets under the small loggia on the left. Under the same loggia, two young servants carry a bowl and a footed dish into a house. Great attention is used to define the Florentine long garments, showing careful refined needlework of local craftsmen, intertwined silver and golden threads in stunning brocade patterns.