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Wedding: From our Christian Masterpiece Collection W1400w The Marriage of the Virgin by Jan Mertens the Younger (1470-1527). The Golden Legend, which is based on the much older Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, recounts how, when Mary was fourteen (and living in the Temple), the high priest gathered together all the male descendents of David who were of marriageable age (including Joseph though much older than the rest), and ordered them to return, each with a rod. Whoever’s rod blossomed into flower would become Mary’s husband. After the Holy Spirit descended as a dove and caused Joseph’s rod to blossom, he and Mary were married according to Jewish custom. However, it is unclear whether this story was set before or after the Annunciation which, in the New Testament account, occurred after their betrothal but before their marriage. Judging from Joseph’s expression, Mertens’ depiction of the wedding appears to be influenced by the Scripture as there exists no accounting of Joseph’s reaction to either the Annunciation or how he was chosen to be Mary’s husband and the guardian of the child she carried… Jan Mertens the Younger was a South Netherlandish painter who was born and died in Antwerp. His father was the sculptor Jan Mertens the Elder whose family is thought to have originated in Tournai. The Younger was apprenticed to the painter Jan Gossart in 1505, and became a master of the Antwerp painters’ guild in 1509. Jan Mertens the Younger’s work is distinguished by its brilliant color, sense of structure, thoughtful composition and delicacy of style.