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Marriage in Cana of Galilee - Paolo Veronese. 666x990
Paolo Veronese (1528-1588) - one of the most prominent painters of the Venetian school.
On the canvas “Marriage in Cana of Galilee” depicts Christ at a wedding feast in the Galilean settlement of Cana at the time of the commission of his first miracle: when the wine ran out, He, at the request of the Mother, turned water into it. Among the guests were several students.
The painting for this story was commissioned by the Veronese community of the Benedictine monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore in 1562. The master worked on it for more than a year. In the refectory of the monastery, for which the canvas was created, it sagged before Napoleon conquered Italy. To make it convenient to transport the canvas, the French cut it in half, and then sewed it in Paris.
Freely interpreting the biblical plot, Veronese turned it into a celebration of a Venetian wedding. The New Testament event is presented in luxurious architectural "scenery", which could not be in a Galilean village at the dawn of the Christian era. They resemble the buildings of Andrea Palladio, architect of the late Renaissance. Some figures are dressed in historical clothes, while the costumes of others impress with the luxury and splendor of a completely different era. Biblical heroes are surrounded by contemporaries of the artist. According to legend, a musician in white clothes in the foreground of the picture is the master himself.