The Marriage Feast at Cana

Juan de Flandes Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 537

This was one of forty-seven panels representing the lives of Christ and the Virgin that were made for Isabella of Castile. It represents the marriage feast at Cana, when Christ performed his first miracle turning water into wine. Traditionally, the bride and groom are identified as Saint John the Evangelist and Mary Magdalen. Here the two quite possibly are disguised portraits of Prince Juan, and Isabella’s daughter-in-law, Margaret of Austria, who married in 1497. Looking in from the courtyard at the left may be the portrait of a court functionary or possibly a self-portrait of the artist.

The Marriage Feast at Cana, Juan de Flandes (Netherlandish, active by 1496–died 1519 Palencia), Oil on wood

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