Story time. Bertuccio’s Bride (1895) by Edward Robert

Story time. Bertuccio’s Bride (1895) by Edward Robert

3/18/2021, 4:40:22 PM
Story time. Bertuccio’s Bride (1895) by Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914) is based on a 16th-century story about an Italian hero. Bertuccio’s story is part of a collection of stories known as The Nights of Straparola. Bertuccio has a large inheritance, which he puts to some noble use. He pays a group of murderers to release the body of a man they murdered. And he uses the money to free a maiden from a group of robbers. The maiden turns out to be a princess, and they get engaged, after which the princess returns home to her kingdom. Bertuccio next meets a mysterious knight who lends him his clothes, such that he can visit the princess and marry her. On his way back, Bertuccio meets the mysterious knight again and that is the scene we see here. It shows Bertuccio kneeling down and making the knight an offer to divide the wedding gifts which are spread out on the ground between them. The princess in her bridal gown on the left looks anxiously at the negotiations. The mysterious knight turns out to be the spirit of the murdered man whose body Bertuccio got released. The result is that the knight tells Bertuccio to keep it all for himself and his new wife as he has already done enough good. The Nights of Straparola is comparable to the much more famous Decameron by Bocaccio. It contains mainly humorous stories that deal in some way with sexuality. But the book never achieved even remotely the fame of Bocaccio’s classic. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #BritishArt #BritishArtist #BritishPainter #Story #StoryTime #Italian #Hero #Bride #Knight #Bertuccio #ShortStory #Hughes #EdwardRobertHughes #Noble #Wedding #Gifts #Marriage

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