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Tornabuoni Arte

Wedding of the Virgin
Rome 1679-1759
oil on canvas
cm. 138x100

This oval painting of considerable size features the wedding between Saint Joseph and the Virgin. The putative father of Jesus is represented as a quite young man, who holds the characteristic flowering stick in his hand. According to tradition, which clearly did not wish to consider Joseph a possible danger to the celestial virtue of the bride, the carpenter took Maria as a wife in senile age. Characterized by an evidently classicist arrangement, as witnessed by the widespread resort to profiles in the faces and the sumptuous antique-style draperies evoking the French style, this painting has been attributed by Alessandro Nesi to the Roman painter Girolamo Pesci, who most likely painted it in his late creative phase. After receiving his education under Carlo Maratta and Trevisani, Pesci worked principally in Rome, where he in 1716 became member of the Congregation of the Virtuous of the Pantheon, but his works, as the scholar observes, were requested also for other places in Italy and in Europe.

Tornabuoni Arte