A Bridal Couple

A Bridal Couple

c. 1470

Oil on panel

Framed: 77.5 x 51 x 8.1 cm (30 1/2 x 20 1/16 x 3 3/16 in.); Unframed: 62.3 x 36.5 cm (24 1/2 x 14 3/8 in.)

Delia E. Holden and L. E. Holden Funds 1932.179

Fun Fact

This painting inspired internationally renowned Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho to write a piece of music titled "Orion" after she visited the museum.

Description

This painting depicting a recently married aristocratic couple is filled with symbolism. The various floral elements represent love and fertility, while the colors of their clothes suggest not only their relationship but also chastity, love, and modesty. What details might you choose to symbolize a young couple in love?

Video

The Bride and Groom
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See also
Collection: 
MED - Medieval Art
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting
Medium: 
Oil on panel

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