the happy couple: portrayals of marriage through the years (brian Frederick)

Of all of the customs that come and go, the idea of marriage has been with us throughout history. This gallery gives visitors the chance to witness marriage in art, through the ages. 

Sarcophagus lid represents how the man and wife lived their lives, deeply intertwined. The carving of the couple features realistic depictions of their bodies, with their wedding carved on the side.
The depiction of this unknown couple in Limestone is a much more formal scene. This was likely a regal couple, and the outfits are representative of the time of Amenhotep.
Mary's wedding to Joseph was not specifically mentioned in the Bible, but appeared often in Christian art. This portrait enjoys a lovely symmetry, with the focus split between Mary and Joeseph.
The Unfaithful wife portrays the darkest side of marriage. As the husband scolds his wife, we can see that he is portrayed much larger, to show his power. The wife is set back to diminutive her.
The Shipbuilder and his Wife is an interesting piece. Portraits during this time were typically done individually: the husband and wife had their own. Rembrandt created this as an overlapping piece.
Another example of a double portrait, here we have the artist in the frame, painting his wife. Both are looking at the viewer while the view looks back. Portraits were meant to fill an absence.
Depiction of an arranged marriage from a Nepal royal family. You can see the similarity here between this and the statue from Egypt earlier in the gallery. Regal, almost lifeless representation.
This young couple, represented in this painting overlap. What a wonderful representation of the idea of marriage; two single people who become one. They are both looking forward, to the future.
Another wedding depiction, this one in photograph. Again, there is an air of regalness, over something more relaxed that we'd see today. Everything is very formal, and is more of an official record.
The modern couple here take up equal halves of the frame. Their arms are intertwined, and they are moving forward into their, and art's future.
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