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The Great British Art Tour: Murillos’ Marriage Fest at Cana
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Today The Guardian dedicates The Great British Tour to Murillo’s extraordinary painting ‘Marriage Fest at Cana’. Don’t miss the post in the link below.
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682) was a Spanish Baroque painter. Although he is best known for his religious works, Murillo also produced a considerable number of paintings of contemporary women and children. These lively, realist portraits of flower girls, street urchins, and beggars constitute an extensive and appealing record of the everyday life of his times.
His painting ‘Marriage Feast at Cana’, made in Seville in about 1672, is among the largest and most successful of his private commissions. It represents the occasion of Christ’s first miracle, when he turned water into wine. Murillo fills the canvas with over twenty figures, who are mostly white European in appearance, apart from the young boy towards the right, who is shown to be African or Afro-Hispanic. Paintings of Black figures, and of the Biblical story of the Marriage Feast of Cana, were rare in 17th-century Spanish painting.