World's Best Paintings of Cana Weddings

   John 2:3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine." 4 Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come." 5 His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do [it."] 6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.
 #2  Louvre Museum


(From Flickr)  The Wedding at Cana (or The Wedding Feast at Cana) is a massive painting by the late-Renaissance or Mannerist Italian painter, Paolo Veronese (1528-1588). It is on display in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
The piece was commissioned in 1562 by the Benedictine Monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy, and completed in fifteen months by the year 1563. It hung in the refectory of the monastery for 235 years, until it was plundered by Napoléon in 1797, and shipped to Paris. The painting was cut in half for the journey and stitched back together in Paris.

Cello and contrabase had not been invented during the time of Jesus. The buildings are too ornate. It is not clear who the married couple is.


The guests are either praying or drunk.

   Chicago Institute of Art


The cello had not been invented. Jesus was not talking to Mary in public.

 #1  Kunsthalle, Hamburg


Cana is on a hill, and the houses then did not have running water at the time. The married couple is shown on the right.

The painting depicts people at the wedding in the countryside. In this sense, this painting is most realistic.

   Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden


The Greek building in the background is too ornate, not a likely house in Cana.

   Alte Pinakothek, Munich
  Gemäldegallerie, Berlin

P.1530 - §3 Near at hand stood six waterpots of stone, filled with water, holding about twenty gallons apiece. This water was intended for subsequent use in the final purification ceremonies of the wedding celebration. The commotion of the servants about these huge stone vessels, under the busy direction of his mother, attracted Jesus' attention, and going over, he observed that they were drawing wine out of them by the pitcherful.


There are not enough people here to drink the wine in six jars.

   Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City


The painter takes too much liberty by drawing Venetian building in the background.

   National Gallery, Washington, DC


The scene seems to be too quiet. With one thousand guests, it should be quite noisy.

   The Hermitage, St. Petersburg


A good composition, although the columns indicate a large public building.

   Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco, Milan


A good composition given the constraint on the space.