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Master of Charles of Durazzo

An allegory of wisdom

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 80,000 USD

Master of Charles of Durazzo

Master of Charles of Durazzo

An allegory of wisdom

An allegory of wisdom

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 80,000 USD

Master of Charles of Durazzo

Florence late 14th Century

An allegory of wisdom


tempera on panel, a cassone front, shaped, set into a cassone, decorated overall with carved, gilded and silver-plated foliage and geometric patterns

cassone overall (height by length by depth): 24 1/2 by 62 by 22 3/4 in.; 62.6 by 157.5 by 57.8 cm.  

each painted cartouche: 12 5/8 by 10 3/4 in.; 32.2 by 27.2 cm.

Treusch von Buttlar Brandenfels collection, Hanau, Germany;
Art market, Germany;
Private European collection. 

The allegorical subject depicted in these three shaped tempera panel cartouches that are inserted into the body of this cassone, which is elegantly decorated with foliate motifs, could possibly be identified as an Allegory of Wisdom.


Starting from left, the first scene represents various figures, one of whom wears a laurel crown and converses in the presence ol an elder with an authoritative bearing, In the second scene, the discourse continues in an outdoor setting, while the sequence concludes in another interior, in which the figure with the laurel crown is shown with one other person. The former figure points a finger upward while the latter points down: perhaps in an allusion to Platonism and Aristotelianism. Indeed, the figure with the laurel crown, an attribute of writers and military victors, seems to suggest that the three scenes have a meaning connected with wisdom, excluding of any kind of military significance.