The Story of Griselda, Part I: Marriage

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This panel, the first of a series of three in the National Gallery’s collection, shows part of the story of Griselda, a young peasant woman. We see her meet and then marry the Marquis Gualtieri di Saluzzo, who would go on to put her through a series of tests. Her loyalty throughout the ordeal earned her fame and respect, and she became a model of wifely virtue.

At the left, Griselda, a pot on her head, is on her way to fetch water from the well. The Marquis, riding an elegant white horse, sees her and falls in love instantly. To the right, we see Griselda stripped naked, the Marquis handing her new clothes to wear for their wedding. In the centre, the two are married in front of a structure that looks like a triumphal Roman arch, topped with horses and male figures; Griselda is dressed in expensive gold-woven fabrics that match those of the Marquis.

The National Gallery, London



The Story of Griselda, Part I: Marriage


about 1494


Oil with some tempera on wood


H 61.6 x W 154.3 cm

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Bought, 1874

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