The Subject of Botticelli's "Derelitta"

  title={The Subject of Botticelli's "Derelitta"},
  author={Edgar Wind},
  journal={Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes},
  pages={114 - 117}
  • E. Wind
  • Published 1 October 1940
  • Art
  • Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes
recently regarded as part of a series of cassone panels executed by the young Filippino Lippi after designs of Botticelli, is a source of discomfort not only to the connoisseur, but also to the student of iconography.' The subject is as enigmatic as the authorship. A young woman, shut out from a palace, sits "derelict" on the doorsteps and cries. This is the sort of pathetic story which would appeal to a nineteenth century novelist because it arouses reflections as to what happened before and…