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The Doge of Venice 15th Century Italian Renaissance Cassone

  • Cassone Dimensions: 71” W x 47” H x 25” D
  • Artists: Jacopo de Sellaio and Biagio d’Antonio Tucci
  • Date/Period of Manufacture: Between 1468 -1472

The subject matter of the front panel of the Cassone is: A Doges’ celebratory procession.

There is a portrait in profile of the Doge of Venice on the left side panel of the Cassone, he is seen wearing the full regalia of a Venetian Doge, with his red liberty cap headdress and Ermine shawl. This cassone depicts Pietro Mocenigo, Doge of Venice in 1474. He is in a celebratory procession of the union of Venice with the Island of Cyprus.

The Doge of Venice Cassone was created for Catherine CornaroQueen consort of the Kingdom of Cyprus and the last monarch of Cyprus. She was married in proxy in Venice in 1468 and again in person in Cyprus 1472. The portrait on the right side of the cassone is a youthful profile of Catherine, then only about 18 years old.

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