barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

The Marriage Feast at Cana

Seville, about 1672

Oil on canvas

179 x 235 cm

 

Christ performs his first miracle, turning water into wine at the marriage feast at Cana.

The painting was commissioned by Don Nicolas Omazur, a Flemish silk merchant who lived in Murillo’s hometown of Seville and who was his main patron.  He is shown with his wife in the centre and the work was therefore probably painted to celebrate and sanctify their own marriage in 1672.  The ornate costumes and the rich objects that adorn the feast reflect their wealth.  In contrast, the miracle itself is shown as an everyday scene, with the servants filling seven large Sevillian water pots.

 

Purchased 1947 (No.47.9)