The Wedding at Cana 'returns' to Venice
In September, to coincide with the opening of the Dialoghi di San Giorgio, this year on the theme Inheriting the past. Traditions, shifts, betrayals and innovations, the large work entitled The Wedding at Cana - now in Paris - painted by Paolo Veronese for the refectory of the Benedictine monastery in San Giorgio, will be back in Venice after 210 years.
The Wedding at Cana ‘will
return’ to its original setting in the Palladian Refectory on the
Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, and unveiled to the public during the opening ceremony for the exhibition The Miracle of Cana: the originality of re-production, thanks to the creation of a ‘second
original’, a facsimile on a one-to-one scale, created thanks
to the most sophisticated reproduction techniques.The reproduction will have
all the elements of the original: the lines, nuances of colour, and
even the flaws in the supporting canvas and signs of the wear and tear
of time. Moreover, thanks to meticulous documentary and historical
reconstruction work and a virtual restoration, it will also be possible
to see what some 20th-century reworking of the painting covered up.
The remarkable operation meant to bring us closer to the authentic aura of the refectory, irremediably lost on 11 September 1797, when the French commissars of the Napoleonic army decided to include The Wedding of Cana among the works to be sent to Paris as war booty.
The project is organised in collaboration
with the Louvre Museum of Paris, thanks to the support of Enel, Consorzio Venezia Nuova, Fondazione Banco di Sicilia, San Pellegrino and the
The copy will be made with technology developed by Adam Lowe, a British artist and founder of Factum Arte, a workshop at the cutting-edge of reconstructing and reproducing works of art.
by Roberta Nalesso