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Description of the painting Paolo Veronese “Marriage in Cana of Galilee”


In the Louvre, a gigantic picture, amazing in magnitude, of the creator’s gift is exhibited - “Marriage in Cana of Galilee”. The famous Venetian artist Paolo Veronese painted the canvas throughout the year.

In 1563, he completed a grandiose work, which was placed in the refectory of the Catholic monastery ordered by the monks of San Giorgio Maggiore.

The painting depicts the gospel scene of Christ performing the first miracle: turning water into wine when it suddenly ended to everyone's chagrin. This happened at a celebration in the Galilean village of Cana.

A large table full of dishes, in the center of which Jesus and his mother sit, next to them are several disciples. Mary's head is covered with a black scarf as a symbol of imminent mourning for Christ. In total, about 130 people fit on the canvas. Visually, their placement in the picture can be divided into three zones.

In the foreground is a magnificent feast with an island of musicians in the middle. A reliable portrait of the painter Veronese has not been preserved, but the legend says that a man in a white robe with a viola in his hands is a self-portrait of the author. The other musicians of the group were also artists in real life - the cornetist Bassano, Titian and the great Tintoretto completes the quartet. The heroes of the occasion themselves - the groom and the bride are on the left side of the table with the edge.

The middle part of the picture is occupied by scurrying servants. A symbolic action is depicted above Christ's head: a butcher raised a knife over a lamb carcass - a sign of a future sacrifice.

The upper plan is occupied by antique columns, which in the real Cana could not be. Curious onlookers watch the feast from the white marble balconies. In the distance, the serene sky shines, clouds float imposingly along it, and flocks of birds soar.

Achieving Veronese in the mastery of the ability to harmoniously combine a religious plot with the luxurious outfits of his contemporaries and the atmosphere of the 16th-century Venice holidays.





Annunciation Picture by Leonardo Da Vinci

Watch the video: wedding at cana (October 2020).