Front of a marriage chest (cassone), Umbrian Master of the 15th century (Giovanni di Tommasino Crivelli?)
Umbrian Master of the 15th century (Giovanni di Tommasino Crivelli?)
Front of a marriage chest (cassone)
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Umbrian Master of the 15th century (Giovanni di Tommasino Crivelli?)

Front of a marriage chest (cassone), ca. 1450 – 1460


Dimensions
40.0 x 182.5 x 5.0 cm
Physical Description
Poplar
Inventory Number
2335
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011 as a gift from the Otto and Käthe Henkell heirs
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Work

What at first sight looks like an independent painting was originally the front of a ‘cassone’. Made to hold the trousseaus of wealthy young ladies of bourgeois or aristocratic origins, these chests were often decorated with depictions of virtues from antiquity or classical mythology. In this case, we find scenes from the tale of the chaste Lucretia, who took her own life after being raped by Sextus Tarquinius. The personifications of Prudence and (probably) Strength to either side allude to Lucretia – and indirectly to the cassone’s owner as well.

About the Acquisition

The close bond between the museum and the family of sparkling wine manufacturer Otto Henkell (1869–1929) and his wife, Käthe, dates from the early decades of the twentieth century, when the then director of the Städel, Georg Swarzenski, advised the couple on their art collecting activities. The Henkells’ considerable holdings ranged from medieval to modern art. During the First World War, and again in 1943, this family from Wiesbaden stored parts of its collection in the museum for safekeeping. The heirs donated this valuable cassone panel as a token of their gratitude.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Front of a marriage chest (cassone)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Poplar
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011 as a gift from the Otto and Käthe Henkell heirs

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Livius: Ab urbe condita, 1,57-60
  • Ovid: Fasti, 2, 685-855
Associated Source
  • Livius: Ab urbe condita

Iconclass

Primary
  • 98A(+9) events and situations from classical history (+ belonging to Roman history)
  • 98C(+9) female persons from classical history (+ belonging to Roman history)
  • 98C(LUCRETIA) (story of) Lucretia
  • 98B(+9) male persons from classical history (+ belonging to Roman history)
  • 98B(SEXTUS TARQUINIUS)4(+9) male persons from classical history (SEXTUS TARQUINIUS) - aggressive relationships of person from classical history (+ belonging to Roman history)
  • 96A5(PRUDENTIA) Prudentia (Prudence) as Roman personification
Secondary
Associative

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04.08.2020