'Tabuletta nostre domine' by Antonio Casini
Angela Dillon Bussi
Article in italian | The recent exhibition dedicated to ‘The Tickling Madonna’ by Masaccio, also known as ‘Madonna Casini’, held in Siena in 2021, turned attention to a painting that disappeared for centuries and re-emerged thanks to Rodolfo Siviero in Florence in 1947. It was likely commissioned by Antonio Casini (1378-1439), Cardinal of San Marcello. The back of the panel bears the cardinal’s coat of arms surmounted by his cardinal's hat, providing a feature for post quem dating as this title was conferred to him in 1426. The painting has long remained unknown. It can be identified in a registry from the archives of the Opera del Duomo in Florence, dated June 19th, 1441, in which there is a ‘tabuletta nostre domine, olim cardinalis sancti Marcelli’. The news of its discovery, which briefly appeared in 1997 though escaped the attention of critics, is reproduced and expanded upon here to aid interpretation of the registry, since advanced upon, and clarify its meaning. It is assumed that after Casini’s death the panel was moved to the Opera del Duomo, partly as inheritance and part purchased.