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The Wedding at Cana

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  • Michela Sperandio asked

    Good morning,
    Is it possibile to reproduce the image in a book? If so, what will be the correct copyright line? Thank you very much.

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Good morning, here is a link explaining the process of image requests at the museum: https://www.boijmans.nl/en/image-requests or you can reach out to my colleague directly via images@boijmans.nl. Best, Lisa

  • cath mazas asked

    hello, do you have an analysis of this werk, the wedding at cana? thank you very much

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Catherine,
    I found an analysis of this work; "The painting shows the wedding supper at Cana (John 2: 1-19), where guests are seated at an L-shaped dining table awaiting the dishes - a fire-breathing boar's head and a swan - just being carried in. The bride acts as the centerpiece with the groom and Mary next to her. At the other end of the table, Christ is seated under a balcony. In the foreground, six pitchers are being filled with water, after which the contents will miraculously turn into wine. Opposite the bride is an acolyte-like child figure by a gilded chair, the back of which is painted with two saints. He is holding a large chalice, possibly linking the biblical miracle of changing water into wine and the miracle of the Eucharist. The valuables, which are displayed in the background on a buffet placed under a Gothic vault, also appear to be associated with the mass on closer inspection: a piece of bread, wine jugs and oil bottles. Furthermore, there are statues with a typical Christian symbolism, which represent a pelican and St. Christopher, as well as objects with which evil is symbolized as a counterpart." I hope this is helpful to you! Kind regards, Sofie


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Title The Wedding at Cana
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 72 cm
Height 93 cm
Artists Maker: Anoniem
After: Jheronimus Bosch
Accession number St 25
Credits Loan Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 1940
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1940
Creation date in circa 1560
Internal exhibitions Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
Research Alma
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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