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ID number:  BIRBI-47.9
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban (1617-1682)
Title / Object name:  The Marriage Feast at Cana
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  Spanish
Date made:  1672/3
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  179 x 235 cm
Provenance:  Jean de Julienne, 1737; Julienne sale, Paris, 30 March 1767 (lot 83); l'abbé Guillaume sale, Paris, 18 May 1769; Prince de Conti sale, Remy, Paris, 8 April 1777 (lot 164), bought in; Prince de Conti sale, Paris, 15 March 1779 (lot 36); Aranc de Presle; Presle sale, Paris, 16 April 1792 (lot 8); Citoyen Robit sale, Paris, May 1801 (lot 61); Michael Bryan; George Hibbert; Christie's, London, June 1829 (lot 69); Marquess of Aylesbury until 1947; Hector Bruce Binney; purchased in 1947 for £3,500.

Christ performs his first miracle, turning water into wine. Murillo has depicted the Biblical episode as if taking place in his own city of Seville. Servants fill Sevillian water pots, while a boy in a decorative orange-red tunic looks on eagerly. His lavish outfit suggests that he may have been enslaved. There were many enslaved Africans or Afro-Hispanics in Seville at the time, many of whom were forced to convert to Christianity through baptism. The painting was commissioned by Nicolas Omazur, a Flemish silk merchant resident in Seville, possibly to mark his marriage to Isabel Malcampo and demonstrate his religious piety.

Notes:  Exhibited: Mr Bryan's Gallery in the old Academy Rooms, London, 1801-2, no. 20; British Institution, London, 1816, no. 10; British Institution, London, 1831, no. 48; 'Old Masters', Royal Academy, London, 1881, no. 154; 'Bartolomé Esteban Murillo 1617-1682', Royal Academy, London, 1983, no. 57; 'Murillo IV Centenario', Museum of Fine Arts Seville, Spain 28 November 2018 - 17 March 2019.

1 Related People

Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban

2 Related Publications

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