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Wedding Feast at Cana By Paolo Veronese – Must See at The Louvre

Wedding Feast at Cana By Paolo Veronese – Must See at The Louvre


hi welcome to stories of art my name is
Carel Huydecoper today I’d like to tell you something about Paolo Veronese and
his amazing amazing painting the wedding feast at Cana which I often call the
most ignored painting in the world it’s in the Louvre today and there you can
easily see it if you know where to look but before I do if you like this video
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started I call this as I said the most ignored painting in the world because
it’s it’s an enormous painting it’s almost 10 meters wide and everybody
tends to miss it in the Louvre even though millions of people walk by it
every year the reason for that is that it’s placed behind the Mona Lisa Mona
Lisa course the most famous painting they have is on a sort of small wall and
there you have to walk by it and then you see this enormous painting for which
they have made a sort of a partition wall that stands in front of a doorway
behind it and that’s a shortcut to several restaurants and restrooms and so
lots of people pass it most people miss it anyway so for your
next visit to louvre I’m going to show it to you and and explain a little bit
about it now after I’m gonna place myself in the corner so I don’t obscure
the painting now you see this thing is it’s actually enormous as I said about
10 meters wide and so very high as well and it was made in 1563 for a monastery
a refectory of a monastery in Venice for the Church of
San Giorgio Maggiore which is also an island st. George of course the
one of the patron saints of Venice and that had just started to be rebuilt by
by Palladio you see this church here the church itself hadn’t been rebuilt yet
but at the time they just refurbished and rebuild the refectory. The refectory is
the dining room of the monastery and the architecture you see in the painting was
supposed to be a continuation of the architecture of the room so it must have
been pretty lavish. the fact that it is now in the Louvre by the way is still
a bit contested because it was stolen by Napoleon brought to the Louvre and after
the decline of Napoleon there were
negotiations to return stolen
art and in the Louvre day claimed that could not be moved any more because it
was in bad condition and therefore some other paintings it’s not on that bad a
condition so that’s something for the French and the Italians to worry about for a refectory, for these dining rooms you
have several subjects that were suitable to be
painted of course the Last Supper is one of the more usual ones and this is
the wedding feast at Cana which is a story told in John the
Gospel of John chapter 2 and in it it’s the first miracle of Jesus. Jesus is
sitting in the middle I’ll zoom in in a second water way we might just do that
here he sits in the middle and according to the story what happens is his mother
notices that there’s no more wine they’ve run out of wine and
she tells him that and he responds by saying oh woman what has this to do with
me my hour has not yet come oddly in the entire Gospel of John she’s
not called Mary she’s called his mother now here in this painting they’ve taken
well the the main the center stage which of course is because well
there Jesus and Mary this is what the story is about the groom and the
bride have retired all the way to the the left of the painting we’ll get back
to them in a minute now after he’s been convinced that he has to do
something about the wine situation he tells the steward that he has to put
water into stone vessels that’s what they’ve done here on the right and you
can see and we’ve zoomed in a little bit to the right there are stone vessels
they’re quite elaborate they’ve been decorated a lot and you can see these
these stone vessels and they’re pouring out wine from it and there’s a man right
next to them in this is this sort of white suit he’s wearing he’s testing
the wine he’s Pietro Aretino it’s a portrait of a famous
Venetian at the time he was a poet and the whole thing is filled with portraits
their portraits of lots and lots of different people well-to-do Venetians
important Venetians but also the rich and famous of the world and some of them
weren’t even alive at the time apparently there’s a portrait of Charles
the fifth emperor Charles V in there they always say that I’ve never found
him I have to admit but if there is if you can find it he had been dead for
about a decade when this was made but what they’re doing is they’re making
this they’re making wine and in the biblical story they say that the steward
then offers wine to his master to the groom the head of the household and
you can see everyone here is already sort of watching all this action with
the with the wine and they’re curious about where this wine has come from but
on the other side of the painting on the on the left side you can see a man in
green here in the middle and that man in green is the Stuart he’s the guy who was in charge of the wine and he tells his boss the groom the man in
in red and with the blue sleeves sitting on the corner of the table he’s offered
a glass of wine and the boss, the groom he then remarks that he has broken with
the custom of serving the good wine first and well in this case apparently
the good wine has come at the end that of course tells us that Jesus is wine is better
than the wine he’d serve originally because of course you would sell you
would serve your expensive good wine first and when people are drunk they you
can give them whatever but in this case he remarks that this wine is better
than what they had before let me go back to some of the
portraits where in there do you see the man in yellow sitting just behind the
where you have the the groom in red and blue and then next to him is presumably
his bride then a man in blue that I don’t know who he is and and a woman
that’s very curious and looking over the shoulder of her husband what’s happening
with this wine and then there’s a man in yellow sitting there prominently with a
stern look on his face in many references they always say that this is
a portrait of Suleiman the Great, Sultan of of Turkey who had died by that time
and well I can tell you for sure he’s not because he’s dressed like a
Doge, the Doges, the leaders of Venice they were elected and elected for
life and it’s a suit he wears he has a suit on the Hat
and he has this yellow suit on with the big buttons he could be one of many. the Doge at the time when this was painted was called Girolamo Priuli here up closer. look at the woman next to him discreetly trying to clean her teeth but he looks a little like this guy as well and this is Andrea Gritti he was a Doge before. really I don’t know
which one it is the one on the on the left right now is painted by Tintoretto
the one on the right by Titian both famous painters of there of Venice but
he’s clearly wearing a Doges suit and he’s there as one of the prime guests
I suppose sitting very close to the groom now that we’re zoomed in so much you
can also see what they’re eating they’re eating mostly fruit and that’s for good
reason it’s time for dessert obviously they’ve run out of wine it’s
it’s the end of dinner you couldn’t have a host that has only wine for the first
course right and so they’re having dessert and that is strange when
you look a bit higher in the painting because it’s there you see lots of
people cooks carving up meat and right above Jesus you can see what they’re
carving up there’s they’re actually carving a lamb and that is kind of out of place because while they’re
having dessert why are they still cutting up a lamb and it’s probably a reference to
Jesus being the Lamb of God the sacrificial lamb now I told you about the the many
portraits that are in there I’m going to show you some of them see here in the
middle just before Jesus in front of Jesus there’s a band as
you might have at a wedding feast now they’re not just any old people these
are this is a bunch of painters the man in white with this sort of
violin that he holds as a as a guitar it’s a viola da Braccio big sort of
violin and that’s actually the self portrait of Paolo Veronese
right behind him the man who’s who looks like he’s shouting in his ear he’s also
playing a Viola da Braccio that’s Tintoretto another one of the famous
painters of Venice the other guy playing a flute is Jacopo Bassano but the man in
red with looks like he’s playing a bass it’s called a Violone that is the
sort of Nester of the Venetian school of painters he was by far the most
famous of all of them and had a reputation that went far far beyond
Venice at the time and he’s called Titian and it’s sort of nice to
have a group of painters who were not the most prominent people in the city but that he added them all together it took the form of painters of
Venice and he sort of hidden them in plain sight by giving them something to
do which is of course play some music now, next time you are in the Louvre, go to the room where the Mona Lisa is have a look at the Mona Lisa if you want to but walk behind her and you can see this
amazing painting and one of the fun things is that of these these three
painters that I’ve mentioned Veronese Tintoretto and Titian there are
also always several of their paintings in that same room so you can check them
out as well so off to the Louvre you go and I hope you enjoyed this remember
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7 thoughts on “Wedding Feast at Cana By Paolo Veronese – Must See at The Louvre”

  1. Getting better! Love your work and I hope you print your stories too but keep recording these videos. It's a pleasure to watch…

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