So long as breath controls my being: Love and Marriage Portraiture in Renaissance Europe
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The social and political implications of wedlock, its rituals and ceremonies, and the way these aspects interacted with the fine and decorative arts, will be underpinned by an ultimately elusive and current question: how to convey deep affection between two people?
Lucy Whitaker is former Senior Curator of Paintings at The Royal Collection and previously Curator of Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford and Research Assistant at the National Gallery.
Image Credit: Giovanni Battista Moroni, Bust Portrait of a Young Man with an Inscription, about 1560, oil on canvas. The National Gallery, London. Layard Bequest, 1916.