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Sunday Music – Objects of Affection: Marriage Chests and Madrigals

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Sunday Music – Objects of Affection: Marriage Chests and Madrigals

The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London

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Chest and spalliera with the arms of Lorenzo Morelli and Vaggia Nerli (The Morelli Chest)
  • Sunday 23 July 2017
    PLEASE NOTE: This Date Has Passed
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Room 2, The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

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  • Dr Charlotte de Mille - The Courtauld Institute of Art

The giving of cassone, or marriage chests, to newly wedded couples was commonplace amongst the wealthy cultural elite of early Renaissance Italy. Often placed in the bride’s room during the wedding celebrations, these objects were integral to the furniture of the bedchamber. They were heavily gilded and painted, decorating this intimate room with scenes of courtly romance, moral tales and allegory.

This afternoon’s music focuses on madrigals written for lovers in 15th and 16th century Italy and England, drawing on composers such as Marenzio, Morley and Monteverdi.

Curated by Dr Charlotte de Mille (Courtauld) with Nerissa Taysom (University of Bristol)

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