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Jacopo del Sellaio (c.1441-1493) Early Renaissance painter


Jacopo del Sellaio -The Banquet of Ahasuerus, 1490-Tempera on panel 81+x+44 cm-Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The Florentine painter Jacopo del Sellaio was the son of Arcangiolo di Jacopo, a saddler ('sellaio'), and Monna Gemma, his wife. Jacopo del Sellaio was the contemporary of Sandro Botticelli and they probably worked at the studio of Fra Filippo Lippi at the same time which can explain Botticelli's influence on his artwork and the fact that the work of the two artists has often been confused. He and his wife Francesca and son Archangiolo (who later also became a painter) shared a rental home in Florence with his parents, his sister and a cousin. By the 1460s he was a member of Confraternity of Saint Luke and paid his fees. It is known that the painter shared a studio with another artist Filippo di Giuliano, paying for his share 12 lires. This fact can probably explain a number of artwork in the manner of Jacopo del Sellaio that is dated after the death of the artist in 1493 as his partner Filippo di Giuliano continued working at the studio.

 Jacopo del Sellaio,Story Of Psyche,c.1490-Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Several del Sellaio's works survive in collections and Florentine churches - altarpieces and wedding decorative chests ('cassone' or 'cassoni') - amazing narrative panels. The commissioning the painted marriage chests in the 15th century Italy was a thriving business. They were luxury goods to commemorate weddings and usually were paraded along the streets in rich processions that accompanied a bride to her new home, displaying wealth and status of their owners. Botticelli or Filippino, the great masters of Renaissance, also painted luxury furniture panels. Botticelli's 'Venus and Mars' (1485) from London National Gallery is actually "a piece of bedroom furniture, perhaps a bedhead or piece of wainscoting, most probably the 'spalliera' or backboard from a chest or day bed."

Jacopo del Sellaio,Story Of Psyche,c.1490-Museum of Fine Arts Boston (detail)

Jacopo del Sellaio-Triumph of love
Jacopo del Sellaio-Triumph Of Eternity, inspired byTriumphs byPetrarch

Jacopo del Sellaio-The Coronation of Esther by Ahasuerus,Louvre,Paris
Jacopo del Sellaio - Orpheus, Eurydice and Aristaeus, 1475 - 1480, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Jacopo del Sellaio, Virgin and Child, c. 1470, São Paulo Museum of Art, São Paulo
Jacopo del Sellaio-Esther before Ahasuerus-1470s, Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest
Jacopo del Sellaio-Story Of Psyche-c.1490, Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Jacopo del Sellaio-Virgin and Child, 1470s

Jacopo del Sellaio-The Banquet of Ahasuerus, 1490

Madonna and Child-1485

Biagio di Antonio and Jacopo del Sellaio, The Morelli Chest and Spalliera, 1472


sources: wikipedia, fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk, wga,hu, courtauld.ac.uk, flickr

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