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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

The Wedding Feast at Cana




The Wedding Feast at Cana is the largest painting of the Louvre. It measures a massive 7 x 10m.

It's considered a masterpiece of Renaissance painting.

It was commissioned by the San Giorgio Maggiore Convent in Venice.

It represents the Biblical episode of Jesus transforming water into wine at a wedding, when the wine ran out.

Jesus is represented at the centre, while the bride and groom are relegated to the bottom left corner.

Veronese represented more than 130 guests, cheekily mixing some guests from the Renaissance (such as rivals French King Francis I and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V) and some from the Bible (Jesus, Mary and the Apostles).

He also sneaked himself in, as the musician in white!

The painting is also loved for its many details - try spotting the woman with the toothpick, the ogling husband, the jealous wife, the cats and dogs for example...

Also, did you notice that none of the guests are talking?

This is because the painting was meant to be hung in the dining hall - where none of the monks were allowed to speak!

La Joconde, de Vinci (1519)


The Rape of the Sabines

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