The Marriage Feast at Cana

Image credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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Christ performs his first miracle, turning water into wine at the marriage feast at Cana. The painting was commissioned by Don Nicolas Omazur, a Flemish silk merchant who lived in Murillo’s hometown of Seville and who was his main patron. He is shown with his wife in the centre and the work was therefore probably painted to celebrate and sanctify their own marriage in 1672. The ornate costumes and the rich objects that adorn the feast reflect their wealth. In contrast, the miracle itself is shown as an everyday scene, with the servants filling seven large Sevillian water pots.

The Marriage Feast at Cana




oil on canvas


H 179 x W 235 cm

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purchased, 1947

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