An Allegory of Love Artist: Paolo Schiavo (Italian, 1397–1478)

ca. 1440

European Art

On view, 2nd floor, European Art

Long, horizontal panels such as this were painted to decorate the fronts of furniture chests, called cassoni. In early fifteenth-century Florence, cassoni were commonly commissioned in pairs on the occasion of patrician marriages as part of the bride's trousseau. Their painted subjects were often drawn from classical mythology or history, usually allegories of love or chastity.


Tempera on panel


unframed: 37.7 × 146.3 cm (14 13/16 × 57 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

University Purchase from James Jackson Jarves

Accession Number



15th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



James Jackson Jarves Collection, Florence (said by Jarves to have come from the "Gallery of Prince Conti"); .

  • Clay M. Dean, A Selection of Early Italian Paintings from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2003), 14, 32–33, no. 9.
  • Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1972), 600.
  • Mrs. Francis Steegmuller, The Two Lives of James Jackson Jarves (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1951), 299, fig. 13.

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