The Marriage at Cana, after Veronese (1528-1588).

Oil on canvas, 119.5cm by 170cm.

The painting is after the original, now in the Louvre, Paris. There is at Burghley a drawing of it, inscribed with the identities of the subjects portrayed.

It was purchased by John, 5th Earl of Exeter (1648-1700) and appears in the 1688 Burghley Inventory: ‘The Passage by ye Hell Stairs…..1 piece of ye Marriage ffeast in Cana by—-.’

Paolo Veronese was one of the greatest artists of 16th Century Venice, known especially for his enormous history paintings, chiefly of religious and mythological subjects.


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