Wedding at Cana (Veronese)

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Wedding at Cana+louvre (Paolo CALIARI, dit Véronèse)
Les Noces de Cana
(the largest painting at Le Lourvre)

Denon Wing (South Wing of the Louvre)
1st Floor
Room 6 Salle des Etats, Italy
Mona Lisa Room

Wedding at Cana

Depicts the biblical story of the Marriage at Cana, at which Jesus converts water to wine (John 2:1–11)

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman,why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Although this is the largest painting at Le Louvre, I am always amazed by how better I can view the painting on my computer screen (moving around the image to enlarge the detail)
When I am in the Salle des Stats (aka the Mona Lisa Room) the most crowded room of Le Louvre, it is difficult to take-in the whole painting, it occupies a whole wall between thresholds into the room on each side.
Like many large classic paintings at Le Louvre, there is a reflection of light on the surface of the painting (almost a “glare”) so that you need to move to the spot on the floor where this “shine” is minimal. Much like the Mona Lisa (located across the room on the opposite wall) for some reason, every image of the Mona Lisa that I have seen is superior to the view that I have standing back from this painting at Le Louvre

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