Quentin Varin 1570 – 1634

The Marriage at Cana

oil on canvas (310 × 259 cm) — 1618-20 Museum Musée des beaux-arts, Rennes

This work is linked to John 2:8

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The august buildings suggest that the celebration takes place in a palace. Jesus and Mary are seated facing each other. Jesus watches as the wine is being poured and points to the head waiter.

The miracle of the Wedding at Cana occurred when the hosts ran out of wine. Jesus had the empty jars filled with water, and had a servant bring a cup to the head waiter. When the head waiter tasted from the cup, he exclaimed that the best wine was served last.

Quentin Varin made this large canvas for the church of Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais in Paris. The depth in the painting echoes the church's nave.

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