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The Venetian Wedding

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1585/1600

Artist:

Johann Theodor de Bry (German, 1561-1623)
after Hendrik Goltzius (Dutch, 1558-1617)

About this artwork

Here Johann Theodor de Bry miniaturized Hendrick Goltzius’s rectangular engraving, which was over four times as wide. The work is sometimes called Antenor’s Wedding from its inscription, which reads, “Behold the great nuptial rites of Antenor, in the manner of the patricians of the Venetian Senate … Now it all can be seen and admired throughout the world.” The mythological Trojan Antenor is said to have founded Venice before Rome even existed, and the city’s unique watery setting has always been a central component of its identity and commerce. Indeed, the Venetian lagoon outside the palazzo includes covered gondolas, in which wealthy brides were customarily conveyed to their wedding ceremonies.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Johann Theodor de Bry

Title

The Venetian Wedding

Origin

Germany

Date

1581–1623

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

164 × 162 mm (image); 166 × 164 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Morris Woolf

Reference Number

1941.405

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