Thursday, 30 June 2011

Medieval contemporary wedding art 15th century

Italy is the cradle of renaissance and the medieval times ends earlier than in Denmark. Still I wanted to show you this painting of a newly-wed couple. I think her dress is fantastic. 
Jan van Eyck, “The Marriage of Giovanni Arnolfini and Giovanna Cenami,” 1434
In the middle ages the bible was often used as an inspiration for art and a famous biblical wedding picture is the "marriage feast of Cana" by Hieronymus Bosch (1453 - 1516). This is the feast where Jesus turned water into wine, but the people and the background are inspired by a medieval wedding. You might get inspired to decorate your location by this. For example: the swan being carried in. Birds were served with feathers and all to make it look majestic. Sometimes they would even dress a roast chicken in peacock feathers.
"Marriage feast of Cana" by Hieronymus Bosch (1453 - 1516).
The women are portrayed very chaste in this picture and you might have noticed that the only woman with her hair showing is the bride. I love the tapestry in the background to the right. Something similar might inspire the look of the invitations? Or notice the benches that they are sitting on. Our guests will be seated on benches as well.
I hope you enjoy these small entries :)

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