(b. 1528, Verona, d. 1588, Venezia)

The Marriage at Cana (detail)

Oil on canvas
Musée du Louvre, Paris

The blond Venetian woman on the left section of the table is using an ornate fork as a toothpick. For centuries, the figure caught the imagination of later painters, from Rubens to Watteau. In 1590, the Milanese painter and art writer Giovanni Paolo Lomazzo (1538-1600) used the example of this figure to highlight the Venetian painters ability to give expression to various emotions and psychological states in the figures.