The Marriage of the Virgin

Artist: Michelino da Besozzo (Michelino de Mulinari) (Italian, Lombardy, active 1388–1450)

Date: ca. 1430

Medium: Tempera and gold on wood

Dimensions: 25 5/8 x 18 3/4 in. (65.1 x 47.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Maitland F. Griggs Collection, Bequest of Maitland F. Griggs, 1943

Accession Number: 43.98.7


Among the most celebrated painters of his day, Michelino da Besozzo worked for the ruler of Milan as well as in Venice. This is one of only two panel paintings certainly by him. The surface is damaged. The packed composition is laid out much like his work in illuminated manuscripts, and the comical reactions of the rejected suitors reveal the humorous vein of his art that captivated contemporaries.