The Marriage of the Virgin (Michelino da Besozzo)
Marriage of the Virgin Artist Michelino da Besozzo Year c. 1435 Type Tempera on panel Dimensions 65.1 cm × 47.6 cm (25.6 in × 18.7 in) Location Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
It is the artist's his only certain one alongside with a Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine in the Pinacoteca Nazionale at Siena.
The painting depicts the Virgin Mary while receiving the marriage ring by Saint Joseph, in front of a priest of the Temple of Jerusalem. Michelino painted a Dove of the Holy Ghost above Joseph, to underline the supernatural choose of him as Mary's husband. At the right is a group of women, while on the left are the other pretenders, painted in angered postures: one, in the foreground, is cracking a stick. The latter is a theme found in numerous following representation of the scene, including Raphael's.
The scene is set in a portico, with limited use of gold in the background, showing that is a late work by Michelino.
- L'arte italiana. Florence: Giunti. 2000. ISBN 8809017706.
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