TOSCANI, Giovanni di Francesco
(b. ca. 1370, Firenze, d. 1430, Firenze)


Tempera on wood
Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence

The cassone of the Palli family originates from the Florentine church of Santa Maria Nuova. The painting represents the procession on St John's Day in front of the Baptistery.

A cassone is an Italian chest large enough to normally be used directly from the floor of a room. It needs no stand, table, or brace. On average, they measure roughly 1,5 metres across, 0,5 metres tall, and 0,5 metres deep and can weigh several hundred pounds when loaded. The cassone was typically a marriage chest, given to the bride and groom at the time of their wedding by the family of the bride.

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