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The Marriage at Cana, stained glass panel, workshop of Dirk Pietersz. Crabeth., Netherlandish, c.1540

Clear glass with brown paint, light and dark yellow stains

Height: 246mm
Width: 193mm

Museum number: SG30

Curatorial note

In the background, set before rich hangings, is the wedding table crowded with guests, the bride wearing a crown. At the far left is the kitchen; servants carry a dish and flagon to the table. In the middle ground a bench is crowded with drinking revellers, seated near flagons for wine in a copper cooler. At front left, Christ approaches an array of six water pitchers with his hand outstretched. This representation of Christ changing water into wine, performed at a wedding feast in the village of Cana in Galilee, was a popular subject as the first public example of Christ’s miraculous powers (John 1:1-12).

Popham attributed the panel to Jan Swart?, and the scene has elements in common with two panels illustrating this subject in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, after Jan Swart, as well as with a print in the Rijksprentenkabinet, Amsterdam, and another in the Albertina, Vienna. However, the painting of the faces is particularly fine and on this basis Berserik prefers an attribution to the workshop of Dirk Pietersz. Crabeth of Gouda. For another example of Crabeth’s work of this period, see SG24, The Judgement of William the Good.

Literature

A. E. Popham’s comments are MS notes in pencil held at Sir John Soane’s Museum, c.1930
Dr C. J. Berserik, Correspondence. Sir John Soane's Museum Archive (1998-2002)
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, pp 168-169


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