Early Palaces in and around Florence
The Palazzo Davanzati: shown above.
Background: defensive town-planning and architectural style
The Palazzo Davanzati
Built from 1300 (the top floor is much later), this is now the "Museo Statale
della Casa Fiorentina Antica"--the State Museum of the Ancient [sic] Florentine House.
Note that at most of these sites, you can click on the small photograph
to make it grow larger. Left: a cabinet, fifteenth century Florentine.
- Domestic Art in
Renaissance Italy. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- A short article on Italian
Renaissance furniture from the Britannica Online.
- Some examples of Renaissance
furniture, from the University of British Columbia.
- Book: Roberta Ferrazza. Palazzo Davanzati e le collezioni di Elia Volpi.
A cassone Literally "big box" these were usually elaborately painted or carved wooden chests
presented to newlyweds to be used as storage space, rather like hope chests. They were often
decorated with scenes relating to love and loyalty. This one, at the
Central Museum and Art Gallery in Northampton, UK, is from Siena, dates to
about 1470 and is by Francesco di Giorgio (1439-1501/2) and Neroccio de Landi
(1447-1500). The inlaid paintings and the gilding indicate that it is a
- Carved wooden
cassone from Rome, 16th-century.
- Cassapanca (Right) This is a sort of combination of cassone
(linen chest) and sofa. This example is from the Palazzo Davanzati.
General Written Sources
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