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VoCA Recommends: The Wedding at Cana by Paolo Veronese, by Peter Greenaway

VoCA’s not going to the Venice Biennale this year, but we received news of a fantastic-sounding event on the Island of San Giorgio, in the Palladian Refectory that we highly recommend checking out, if you’ll be there.


Paolo Veronese, The Wedding at Cana. Image: wga.hu

Theatre, moviemaking and art combine in this extraordinary sounding multimedia performance by the Dutch director – whose The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover remains one of VoCA’s favorite films. The Wedding at Cana is part of Greenaway’s ongoing project where he ‘visits’ nine classic paintings, from Renaissance works to paintings by Picasso and Jackson Pollock.


A still from The Cook, The Thief…, 1989. Image: wired.com

Greenaway presents an interpretation of Veronese’s masterful banquet scene using cutting edge images, lighting, music, voices ans sounds, and the idea is to ‘make visitors relive the episode of the marriage feast at Cana where Christ accomplished his first miracle, as narrated in the Gospel of John.’

Greenaway will point out the painting’s scores of characters and moments in an on-going crescendo culminating in the narration’s pinnacle: the miracle of water turning into wine.

This is the third project – the first was of Rembrandt’s The Nightwatch at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, followed by Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper in Milan in 2008.

Opening hours: Every day on the hour, from 11am – 7 pm (Thurs and Fri, 11am – 9 pm)
Venue: Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Palladian Refectory
Address: Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
Admission: 10 Euro

Click HERE for more info.

One Response to “VoCA Recommends: The Wedding at Cana by Paolo Veronese, by Peter Greenaway”

  1. Bill says:

    I saw Greenaway’s Nightwatch film at Hot Docs last month. He’s very entertaining, but it was A LOT of info to take in.

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