In the seventeenth century, Italian wedding cerim onies were followed up by the production of celebrative
printings thatthe literaryacademies offered tothe mostillustrious fam ilies.Inthe contextofthose libretti per
Nozze (Ģpublicaciones de ocasiķnģ in Spanish), the inlustration played an important role. Focusing
in particular on the famous painter and engraver Giovanni Luigi Valesio, this essay explores the
relationship between iconography, texts and artistic models the nuptialia were based on in the city
of Bologna during the Baroque period.