Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen 1500 – 1559

Marriage at Cana

oil on panel (66 × 84 cm) — c. 1530 Museum Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen biography

This work is linked to John 2:8

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Jesus and his mother attend a wedding party in the village of Cana. The host runs out of wine. Jesus tells the servants to fill the bottles with water, and then changes the water into wine. This was Jesus' first public miracle.

The bottles are outside the picture. The reactions of the other people at the table indicate that something miraculous just happened.

Vermeyen composed an intimate painting, skillfully applying light where needed. Please note the date: 1530, many years before Caravaggio, the master of chiaroscuro, was born.

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