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A Betrothal

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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Datable to the 1620s, this oil sketch resembles, in reverse, a scene of betrothal in a silver plaquette from a silver box made for the Spinola family in 1636 by Mattheus Melijn (1589–1653) now in the Rikjsmuseum. It has been suggested that the betrothal scene refers to the marriage of Giambattista Spinola and Maria Spinola in 1625. The oil sketch is close in style to that of 'Horatius Cocles defending the Bridge' also by Strozzi.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology





oil on paper


H 18.5 x W 28 cm

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Purchased, 1946

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