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A Jewish wedding
A Jewish wedding

Marco Marcuola (Verona,1740 - Venice, 1793)
ca. 1780
Oil on canvas
41,9 x 81 cm

Photo Gilles Berizzi. Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris
Attributed to Marco Marcuola

Acquired in 1996 with the support of the FRAM Ile-de-France

This painting depicts a scene from Jewish life, whose customs inspired a number of 18th-century painters and etchers, particularly in Venice.

It shows a Jewish wedding taking place in a Venetian interior. Before the institution of synagogue weddings in the 19th century, the presence of a rabbi and two witnesses was sufficient.
Some men are wearing a hat with a coloured brim, a biritta, specific to Italian Jews, and dark coats. The bridal dress was no different to fashionable Venetian clothing of the day ; a prayer shawl (Tallit) held over the bridal party's heads serves as a canopy (huppah). The Jewish interior is recognisable from the two typical lamps hanging from the ceiling, and the seven-branched candelabrum. The two armchairs occupied by the notables are ceremonial chairs used for weddings and circumcisions.

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