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Plaque with the Wedding of Peleus and Thetis
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Plaque with the Wedding of Peleus and Thetis


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Description The Olympian gods celebrate the wedding of Peleus and Thetis. In the foreground, amorous couples embrace and toast the young couple while flying cupids fill the air. The seated youth on the right with a cluster of grapes is Bacchus, god of wine. Eris, goddess of discord, arrives uninvited at the left. Into the midst of the revelers, she will throw a golden apple inscribed "to the fairest," leading to the Judgment of Paris, and eventually to the Trojan War. The exquisitely choreographed scene is based on a composition by the Utrecht painter Abraham Bloemaert (1566-1651), translated into a circular relief by the silversmith Adam van Vianen.
Exhibitions
  • The Mannerists. Fort Wayne Art Museum, Indiana, Fort Wayne; Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin. 1963-1965.
Provenance Count Pepoli, Bologna [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; French & Company, Inc. [Mr. Milton Samuels], New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1954, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the S. & A.P. Fund, 1954

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Period
1595-1600 (Renaissance)
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.2399
Measurements
7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm) (d.)
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