Paolo Veronese (1528-1588) – one of the most prominent painters of the Venetian school.
The canvas “Marriage in Cana of Galilee” depicts Christ at a marriage feast in the Galilean settlement of Caen at the time of his first miracle: when the wine was finished, He at the request of the Mother turned water into him. Among the guests were several students.
The picture for this story was ordered by 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 hovered before the conquest of Italy by Napoleon. To make it convenient to transport the canvas, the French cut it in half, and then sewn already in Paris.
Freely interpreting the biblical story, Veronese turned him into a holiday of the Venetian wedding. The New Testament event is presented in luxurious architectural “scenery”, which could not have been in the Galilean village at the dawn of the Christian era. They resemble the buildings of Andrea Palladio, the architect of the late Renaissance. Some figures are clothed in historical clothing, while the costumes of others are struck by the luxury and magnificence of a completely different era. Biblical heroes are surrounded by the artist’s contemporaries. According to legend, the musician in white clothes in the foreground of the picture is the master himself.