Marriage of the Virgin

Marriage of the Virgin
Corrado Giaquinto (Italian, 1703-1765)
Oil on canvas 
112 x 70 in. (284.5 x 177.8 cm) 
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Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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A native of Naples, Corrado Giaquinto was an early exponent of the Italian Rococo, a style characterized by its sumptuous color, exquisite surface finish and decorative appeal.

In 1762, Giaquinto embarked on his last great project, the decoration for the new sacristy of the Church of San Luigi in Palazzo in Naples (since destroyed). The seven paintings, executed in fresco and oil, illustrate scenes from the life of the Virgin. Marriage of the Virgin is one of only four that have survived. The underlying theme of the decorative cycle is the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, the belief that Mary was conceived without Original Sin.


San Luigi in Palazzo, Naples, until ca. 1815; church was demolished in 1817.
William Noel Hill, third Lord Berwick (Ambassador to Naples 1824-1833), Redrice, near Andover, Hampshire, ca. 1833.
Greely Stevenson Curtis, Boston, purchased at auction (according to family records) by 1877, by descent to his wife;
Harriet Appleton Curtis and heirs, Boston (sale, London, Christie’s, 28 November 1975, lot 49);
[P. & D. Colnaghi, London];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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