Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 5747
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Baskins , Cristelle L.
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  • Title: (In)Famous Men: The Continence of Scipio and Formations of Masculinity in Fifteenth-Century Tuscan Domestic Painting [The author explores the representation of Scipio Africanus in Florentine "cassoni" paintings on wedding furniture and argues for a range of masculinities. Some paintings celebrate his sexual restraint with Scipio returning the captured princess to her betrothed. However, other paintings present him as a conqueror with booty, an exemplar of masculine financial and political success for the bridegroom viewer. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Studies in Iconography 23, ( 2002): Pages 109 - 136.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Decorative Arts Art History- Painting Cassoni, Marriage Chests Classical Influences Masculinity in Art Scipio, Publius Cornelius, Africanus, Roman General, in Art
  • Geographic Area: Italy
  • Century: 15
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  • Illustrations: Twelve Figures. Figure One Domenico Ghirlandaio, Sala dei Gigli (Florence, Palazzo Vecchio). Figure Two Domenico Ghirlandaio, Sala dei Gigli, detail of a fresco--Decius, Scipio, Cicero (Florence, Palazzo Vecchio). Figure Three Apollonio di Giovanni, "Continence of Scipio," "cassone" panel (London, Victoria and Albert Museum). Figure Four Apollonio di Giovanni, "Continence of Scipio," "cassone" panel (Chicago, Art Institute). Figure Five Apollonio di Giovanni, "Continence of Scipio," "cassone" panel (private collection). Figure Six Francesco di Giorgio/ Master of the Griselda Legend, "Scipio," spalliera" panel (Florence, Museo Nazionale). Figure Seven Manuscript illumination, Tertia Aemilia Witnesses Scipio's Adultery (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fr. 12420, fol. 113r.). Figure Eight Unknown Florentine artist (possibly Baccio Baldini), "King of the Cuckolds," engraving (Vienna, Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Inv. 1935/495). Figure Nine Biagio di Antonio, "Battle at Zama, Triumph of Scipio," "cassoni" pair (Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Arts). Figure Ten Biagio di Antonio, "Triumph of Scipio," half of a "cassone" pair (Paris, Musée des Arts Decoratifs). Figure Eleven Giovanni di SerGiovanni, called Lo Scheggia, "Triumph of Scipio," half of a "cassone" pair (Sarasota, Florida, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art). Figure Twelve Benedetto da Maiano, Door frame with St. John Baptist (Florence, Palazzo Vecchio).
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  • Author's Affiliation: Tufts University
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  • Year of Publication: 2002.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 01481029
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