Cassone with the Conquest of Trebizond

Cassone with the Conquest of Trebizond

Artists Marco del Buono Giamberti and Apollonio di Giovanni di Tomaso

Date ca. 1461-65

Movement Italian Renaissance

Medium Tempera, gold and silver on wood

Dimensions 39.5 x 77 x 33″

Housed at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Cassoni were a popular medium that were often given to a bride as a wedding gift, usually depicting military conquests or mythological stories to display a family’s interest in learning. Here, the central panel depicts the Florentine conquest of the Venetian city of Trebizond; the gilded armor of the warriors intensifies the richly carved lid, base and scrolls.