Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 5729
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Musacchio , Jacqueline Marie.
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  • Title: The Medici-Tornabuoni "Desco da Parto" in Context [the author argues that the large and elaborately painted birth tray now in the Metropolitan Museum was given by Piero de Medici to his wife Lucrezia Tornabuoni on the birth of their son, Lorenzo de Medici; the author explores the production and use of birth trays in the celebration of childbirth in post-plague Italy].
  • Source: Metropolitan Museum Journal 33, ( 1998): Pages 137 - 151.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Decorative Arts Birth Trays Childbirth Iconography Lo Scheggia, Painter- Triumph of Fame, Tray for the Birth of Lorenzo de' Medici Medici, Florentine Family Medici, Piero di Cosimo de'
  • Geographic Area: Italy
  • Century: 15
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  • Illustrations: Eleven figures. Figure One Lo Scheggia, "The Triumph of Fame" (front of a childbirth tray), circa 1448, tempera, silver, and gold on wood, diameter 92.7 cm. (New York, Metropolitan Museum, 1995.7). Figure Two Verso of Figure One, showing the device of Piero de' Medici with the Medici and Tornabuoni coats of arms. Figure Three Detail of Figure One showing Fame. Figure Four Detail of Figure One showing the frame. Figure Five Paolo Uccello, "The Birth of the Virgin, " circa 1436, fresco (Prato, Cathedral). Figure Six Bartolommeo di Fruosino, "Confinement Room Scene" (front of a childbirth tray), 1428, tempera, gilt, and silver on a panel (Private collection- On loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Figure Seven Verso of Figure Six showing a naked male infant. Figure Eight Detail of Figure Two. Figure Nine Fra Filippo Lippi, "The Annunciation, " circa 1448, tempera on panel (London, National Gallery). Figure Ten Lo Scheggia, "The Triumph of Fame," circa 1450, tempera on panel (Florence, Palazzo Davanzati). Figure Eleven Francesco Pesellino, "The Triumph of Fame, Time, and Eternity" (panel from a marriage chest), circa 1448, tempera on chestnut wood (Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum).
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  • Author's Affiliation: Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
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  • Year of Publication: 1998.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00778958
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