Bridal Scene

Object Details

Title:

Bridal Scene

Artist/Maker(s):

Jörg Breu the Elder (German, about 1475/1476 - 1537)

Culture:

German

Date:

about 1520 - 1525

Medium:

Pen and black ink, brown and orange wash

Dimensions:

19.8 cm (7 13/16 in.)

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In this design for a stained-glass window, Jörg Breu blended together two episodes of a tale entitled Of Tribulation and Anguish. A boy who was cursed at birth by the emperor later rises to become his son-in-law. Here the youth arrives on horseback at court on the left; on the right, he confronts the empress and her ladies-in-waiting as he rests somewhat uncomfortably in the marriage bed of the emperor's daughter.

The nucleus of the Renaissance household was the bedchamber, where all the most important functions of family life occurred, from birth to the consummation of marriage and death. The bedchamber was not only the symbolic center of the home; it was also the decorative center, a room with expensive wall treatments and a diverse collection of furniture. Breu set this story in a lavish interior suited to its noble occupants, with a coffered ceiling and carved and molded walls. The bed, decorated with richly carved leafy scrolls and expensive textile hangings and set in an arched niche, is the most important and most ornate piece of furniture in the room.

Exhibitions
16th Century Northern European Drawings (February 18 to May 2, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), February 18 to May 2, 1992
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (16)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (59)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
16th Century Ornamental Drawings (June 1 to August 14, 1994) (59)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), June 1 to August 14, 1994
Figural Compositional Drawings from the 16th to the 19th Century (August 31 to December 8, 1996) (59)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), August 31 to December 8, 1996
Master Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998) (59)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998
Painting on Light: Drawings and Stained Glass in the Age of Durer and Holbein (July 11, 2000 to January 7, 2001) (95)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 11 to September 24, 2000
  • Saint Louis Art Museum, (Saint Louis), November 4, 2000 to January 7, 2001
Made for Manufacture: Drawings for Sculpture and the Decorative Arts (March 31 to July 5, 2009) (95)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 31 to July 5, 2009
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