Title page from Le Nozze degli Dei (The Marriage of the Gods)

Maker and role
Artist: Stefano Della Bella, Italian, 1610-1664
Designer: Alfonso Parigi, Italian, active 1624-1656

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Gift of The Tobin Endowment
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Theatre production
Opera by Giovanni Carlo Coppola. Produced at the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, to celebrate the wedding of Grand Duke Ferdinando II de' Medici and Princess Vittoria della Rovere.
Further information
Renaissance and Baroque courtly festivals expressed the humanistic antiquarianism of the time. As in painting and sculpture, Greco-Roman mythology was material for political symbolism. The marriage between Grand Duke Ferdinand II de Medici and Vittoria della Rovere, Princess of Urbino, was fraught with personal and political discord. Their wedding feste, in which Olympian harmony prevailed, conveyed a very different picture.

In The Marriage of the Gods, Jupiter's plans to celebrate four Olympian marriages on the same day (Jupiter and Juno, Venus and Vulcan, Athena and Pluto, Diana and Neptune) go awry, but are eventually resolved through the intervention of Venus and Cupid.


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