The Marriage of the Virgin (Michelino da Besozzo)
|Marriage of the Virgin|
|Artist||Michelino da Besozzo|
|Medium||Tempera on panel|
|Dimensions||65.1 cm × 47.6 cm (25.6 in × 18.7 in)|
|Location||Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York|
The painting depicts the Virgin Mary while receiving the marriage ring by Saint Joseph, in front of a priest of the Temple of Jerusalem. Michelino painted a Dove of the Holy Ghost above Joseph, to underline the supernatural choice of him as Mary's husband. At the right is a group of women, while on the left are the other pretenders, painted in angered postures: one, in the foreground, is cracking a stick. The latter is a theme found in numerous following representation of the scene, including Raphael's.
The scene is set in a portico, with limited use of gold in the background, showing that is a late work by Michelino.