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A true Venetian disorder
The Treaty of Campo Formio (1797) imposed a heavy toll on the Venetians in terms of works of art. Veronese’s masterpiece, ‘The Wedding at Cana’, was taken from the Benedictine refectory of San Giorgio and brought to the Louvre by General Bonaparte. The painting depicts more than a hundred richly dressed characters, in a true Venetian disorder. Among them is a famous Venetian writer and playwright, Peter the Aretin. None of the guests look towards the viewer, except for Jesus who is enthroned in the middle of the painting. The bride and groom are relegated to the end of the lavish table and no one seems to notice the miracle of water turned into wine.
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