European Art
Artist: Paolo Schiavo, Italian, 1397–1478

An Allegory of Love

ca. 1440

Tempera on panel

unframed: 37.7 × 146.3 cm (14 13/16 × 57 5/8 in.)
University Purchase from James Jackson Jarves
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.
Made in Florence, Italy
On view
Italian, Florence
15th century

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.

Mrs. Francis Steegmuller, The Two Lives of James Jackson Jarves (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1951), 299, fig. 13.

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.

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 such records is ongoing.