The Sacrament of Marriage

Crespi, Giuseppe Maria (1665-1747) | Painter


As if under a spotlight, the priest and the kneeling couple stand out against the darkness. The marriage ceremony is being performed by the priest and the groom is just placing the ring on his bride’s finger. Typical of this artist is the narrative expansion of the scene through additional figures. On the left, an acolyte asks for quiet, while two witnesses stand on the right. As early as 1739, a writer noticed that they are taking snuff from a snuff box, thus calling the ceremony into question.

Material & Technique
Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c. 1712
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 392