Focus on the Peck Collection: Marriage in the Early Modern Imagination

April 23, 2021 - July 18, 2021

A crowd of people at a wedding

Marriage celebrations were a common motif in early modern European art. This Focus on the Peck Collection installation features two engravings from the sixteenth century and one preparatory drawing for an engraving from the eighteenth century depicting nuptial rituals. These three images demonstrate the wide application of weddings as a theme to comment on social issues as diverse as class, religion, and race.



Image credit: Bernard Picart, French, 1673-1733, An Inca Wedding, 1723, Pen and gray ink, gray wash on paper, sheet: 6 1/16 × 8 3/8 in. (15.4 × 21.3 cm). The Peck Collection, 2017.1.116.