Union of the Bride and Groom

Union of the Bride and Groom, circa 1650, Tapestry, Palais du Tau, Reims.

The Palace of Tau in Reims, France, was the palace of the Archbishop of Reims. It is associated with the kings of France, whose coronation was held in the nearby cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims. This tapestry depicts a royal wedding scene with the Baroque style of lavish drapery and costume in an architectural setting. The elaborate frame with rondels contains a quote from Song of Songs: Pone me ut signaculum super cor tuum (Set me as a seal upon thine heart).

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