DUCCIO di Buoninsegna
(b. ca. 1255, Siena, d. 1319, Siena)

Wedding at Cana (scene 5)

Tempera on wood, 44 x 47 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena

This panel is on the back predella of the Maestà.

The panel with the Wedding at Cana is livelier and greater importance seems to have been given to the descriptive details than to the narration. The eye is drawn to the cheerfully laid table, embellished with the precision of a miniaturist, and to the quick movements of the servants. Without the presence of the bride and groom the picture has a genuine commemorative purpose: that of celebrating the first miracle performed by Christ. In the foreground are small casks out of which water is gushing, fat-bellied water jars, jugs and glasses now full of wine.