The subject, from the New Testament (John 2), is the scene of Christ's first miracle when he turned water into wine at the marriage feast in Cana. Christ is seated at the right; next to him is his mother, Mary, who had told the servants to do Christ's bidding. Christ asked to have six stone jars filled with water which, when tasted, was found to be wine of the finest quality.

Preti was much influenced by Veronese and frequently painted pictures of feasts. This one probably dates from shortly before 1660.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1613 - 1699
Full title
The Marriage at Cana
Date made
about 1655-60
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
203.2 x 226 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1966
Inventory number
NG6372
Location in Gallery