JACOPO del SELLAIO
(b. ca. 1441, Firenze, d. 1493, Firenze)
Tempera on wood, gold leaf, 212 x 193 x 76 cm
Courtauld Gallery, London
This cassone (a Florentine wedding chest), one of a pair, was made for the wedding of Donna Vaggia di Tanai di Francesco di Nerli and Lorenzo di Matteo di Morello in 1472. The lower scene is Camillus Defeating the Gauls, the upper, Horatius Cocles Defending the Bridge against the Etruscans. The figures on the ends of the cassone represents virtues.
The cassone was painted by Jacopo del Sellaio and Biagio d'Antonio, and the woodworker who built the chest was Zanobi di Domenico.