This painting has been interpreted in a number of ways, but scholars currently agree that it shows the wedding of Peleus, of Greek mythology, and the sea-nymph Thetis: from their marriage came the celebrated Greek hero Achilles. The scene shows the moment when the nymph is led, by a putto holding the nuptial flame, to Peleus. He greets her and takes her to the bridal bed, shown on the right, where other winged putti pull back the curtains. At the bottom left, there is another mythological figure, probably a nymph, blindfolded.


  • Title: The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis
  • Creator: Francesco Albani
  • Date Created: c. 1650
  • Physical Dimensions: 95 x 140 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Art Genre: Grand genre
  • Art Movement: 17th century painting
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Support: Copper
  • Depicted Topic: Peleus, Thetis, nereids, putti, nypmh,wedding, oil on copper

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