This paper provides an overview and discussion of a type of chest (often used for storing clothes or other personal items) that was popular in fifteenth century Tuscany, known as the cassone (plural: cassoni). This paper focuses on painted cassoni; the panels and inner lids of these chests featured works by noted artists of the Italian Renaissance. Discusses how the cassoni served as pieces of art and symbols of wealth and social importance as well as fulfilling utilitarian functions. KEYWORDS: Renaissance furniture cassoni chests. 10 pages, 33 footnotes, 8 bibliographic sources. 2,678 words.
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