Scene from a Novella (cassone panel)
Artist: Priamo della Quercia (active 1426-1468 - )
Paintings on cassoni often depicted subjects from mythology or literature that related to love and early modern ideals of female behavior. This panel may represent a scene from a popular contemporary novella, but no one has yet identified the source.
This painting was part of the group of works donated by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to the Museum of Art, Science and Industry in Bridgeport, CT in 1962. When that museum became the Discovery Museum in the early 1990's, the Kress paintings were transferred to Fairfield University, where they formed the core of what would become the Fairfield University Art Museum.
Vatican, Rome; (Giulio Sterbini [d. 1911], Rome). (Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955] Rome-Florence); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 28 June 1933 as Andrea di Giusto; gift to the National Gallery of Art in 1939; deaccessioned in 1952 and returned to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; gift 1962 to the Museum of Art, Science and Industry, Bridgeport, CT; gift 2002 to the Bellarmine Museum of Art, Fairfield University [now called the Fairfield University Art Museum], no. K269.
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