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48 " W x 24 " H,  120 cm W x 60 cm H
Material   Acrylic on Wood
Artist   A.H. Clemens
Painted   June 2003, 
Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Cana - the feast where Jesus turns water into wine.  The painting focuses on the miracle rather than the feast with the few empty plates that remain suggesting  the eating is basically over. 

The wine glass is at the focus of the concentric ring pattern on the right, Jesus is at the center of the concentric ring pattern in the center and Mary forms the center of the left most set. 

It is the instant at which the miraculous happening is discovered as the master of ceremonies taps the shoulder of the master of the house, sitting to the left of Jesus, and asks him why he has kept his best wine to last. 

News of the miracle will soon sweep across to the people on the left side of the painting but for the moment they remain unaware.  The groom leans rather lasciviously on the bride’s shoulder.  The bride appears to be in earnest conversation with Mary while to the far left a mother and father appear on the scene with their little child.  The child may have asked the mother “Is that Jesus” and now is about to rush forward to meet Him.  Jesus sits calmly in the midst of it all – although even He can’t resist a quick glance over to see the miracle He has wrought.

The massive water pitchers sit in the bottom right corner – silent, unknowing participants in the miracle.  The perspective of the surrounding architecture is unrealistic, adding to the feeling of suspended reality. 

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Last updated 31 October, 2004


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