ON VIEW: April 26, 2008 – Sept.14, 2008


Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square
Salem, MA 01970


This ambitious exhibition explores the wedding as impetus for the creation of art in cultures around the world. Approximately 130 objects from the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Pacific are showcased for a unique look at the complex beliefs and emotions surrounding the matrimonial experience. Works spanning three centuries, from the 18th century to the present, reveal the diversity of creative response inspired by weddings as well as changing attitudes and customs over time.

The exhibition features objects in a wide range of media – including paintings, sculpture, photography, film, ceramics, and clothing – by over 50 major artists, designers and craftspeople. Works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Winslow Homer, Benjamin West, William Hogarth, Cecily Brown, Claes Oldenburg and Jacob Lawrence are presented alongside an extraordinary array of objects created for wedding rituals. These include historic and couture gowns, ceremonial items, and rare jewelry – ranging from Tiffany & Company’s one-of-a-kind creations to the diamond nuptial crown of Alexandra, the last Russian empress.

Organized thematically, the exhibition reflects the full spectrum of the matrimonial experience – from courtship, engagement, and prenuptial arrangements to wedding rituals, ceremonies and anniversaries.

: Paula Bradstreet Richter, curator of costumes and textiles, Peabody Essex Museum.

A fully illustrated, scholarly publication by Paula Bradstreet Richter, with contributing essays by Tiziana and Gianni Baldizzone, Chrys Ingraham and Donald Clay Johnson will accompany the exhibition.

Media Partner: grace ormonde Wedding Style New England

A media preview for Wedded Bliss, The Marriage of Art and Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2008. Please respond to or call 978-745-9500 x3228.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS: A full array of Wedded Bliss-related public programs accompanies
the exhibition. Related programs will be featured on the museum’s website at


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