Artist Italian
  • The Marriage of the Virgin
  • Tile (alternate title)
Date between 1530 and 1580
Medium Tin-glazed earthenware with polychrome decoration
Dimensions Overall: 15 3/4 × 11 7/8 × 7/8 inches (40 × 30.2 × 2.2 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kanzler in memory of Mrs. William Clay
Accession Number 61.169
Department European Sculpture and Dec Arts
On View Decorative Arts S350, Level 3 (see map)
Marks Printed, on paper label, on back: FAENZA MARRIAGE TILE Late XVI Century | Beautifully painted in cobalt blue, yellow, green, and orange with a | scene in a Renaissance temple with Corinthian columns; a high priest | is solemnizing a marriage and around the bridal couple are throngs of | men and women expressing by their gestures a lively jubilation. [crossed-out] | Rare. Height 15 3/4 inches, width 12 inches
Marks, on label: 47298-B
Marks, on back, in red: 61.169
Achille de Clemente (Florence);
January 15, 1931, sold by (American Art Association, New York, New York, USA) Achille de Clemente sale.
Whitney Warren;
by descent to Mrs. Whitney Warren;
1943, sold by (Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, New York, USA) Mrs. Whitney Warren sale, no. 531;
(French and Co., New York, New York, USA);
1961-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Italian Maiolica Collected by Whitney Warren. Sales cat., Parke-Bernet Galleries Inc. New York, 1943, no. 531.

Pryor, J. "A Gift of Maiolica Ware." Bulletin of the DIA 41, no. 1 (1961): pp. 13-16, p. 14 (ill.).

Selected Renaissance Works of Art from the Permanent Collection. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1982, p. 6.

Bulletin of the DIA 87, no. 1/4: Italian Renaissance and Later Ceramics (2013): cat. no. 19.