Trinity Fine Art



Thursday, 9 September 2021 - Monday, 13 September 2021

Trinity Fine Art is delighted to be exhibiting at TEFAF Online from 9-13 September, joining almost 260 participating exhibitors from across the global TEFAF community. The works we are presenting take us on a journey through the domestic spaces of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, and in doing so illuminate the ways in which art merged with everyday life in these courtly homes. When discussing art in the interior this is often specific to certain areas within the house, and nothing sums this up quite so succinctly as the Florentine wooden birth tray or “desco da parto” which was commissioned to celebrate a child’s birth. Our example, painted in circa 1400 by Lippo d’Andrea, follows the traditional iconographic precepts for these trays and shows on one side “The Justice of Trajan” a story of a mother’s love, forgiveness and fidelity to her child and on the other side a mischievous putto banging a drum and symbolising fertility. Our "desco" is a rarity because it has not been bisected to separate the painted sides, so therefore can be understood as originally intended. Another private scholarly space to display a collector’s taste was the “Studiolo” or cabinet and the present work by Bartolomeo Schedoni, depicting the martyrdom of St John, is a very good example of a painting executed for just such a space . This work is notable for the high quality of its execution and composition, both of which point to it being a work of his mature period following his move to the service of Duke Ranuccio in Parma. His artfully skilled handling of light and ability to capture the bare and visceral truth of the event might have been influenced by renewed contact with the experiments in the painting of artificially lit night scenes undertaken by Caravaggio and his followers.

Trinity Fine Art
15 Old Bond Street
W1S 4AX London
United Kingdom

Exhibited works

  • BARTOLOMEO SCHEDONI (Modena 1578 - Parma 1615)

    The Beheading of St. John the Baptist
  • Lippo D’Andrea (Pseudo Ambrogio di Baldese) (Florence 1377 - before 1457)

    The Justice of Trajan (recto); A putto playing the drum and blowing a flute (verso)