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Title

The marriage at Cana of Galilee

1861
reworked 1863

Artist

Adelaide Ironside

Australia

17 Nov 1831 – 15 Apr 1867

Artist profile

Alternate image of The marriage at Cana of Galilee by Adelaide Ironside
Alternate image of The marriage at Cana of Galilee by Adelaide Ironside
Alternate image of The marriage at Cana of Galilee by Adelaide Ironside
Alternate image of The marriage at Cana of Galilee by Adelaide Ironside
Alternate image of The marriage at Cana of Galilee by Adelaide Ironside
Alternate image of The marriage at Cana of Galilee by Adelaide Ironside
Alternate image of The marriage at Cana of Galilee by Adelaide Ironside
Alternate image of The marriage at Cana of Galilee by Adelaide Ironside
Alternate image of The marriage at Cana of Galilee by Adelaide Ironside
Alternate image of The marriage at Cana of Galilee by Adelaide Ironside
  • Details

    Other Title
    The marriage of Cana at Galilee
    Place where the work was made
    Rome Italy
    Dates
    1861
    reworked 1863
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas on hardboard
    Dimensions
    106.1 x 147.7 board; 117.0 x 158.6 x 6.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of the Warden and Fellows of St Paul's College, University of Sydney 1992
    Location
    Grand Courts
    Accession number
    74.1992
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Adelaide Ironside

    Artist profile

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Adelaide Ironside was the first Australian-born artist to train overseas. She moved from Sydney to Rome in 1856, where her studio became patronised by prominent visitors. They included the Prince of Wales and William Charles Wentworth (a leading figure of early colonial New South Wales) and both purchased her paintings.

    'The marriage at Cana of Galilee' is Ironside’s most important painting. It was shown in the 1862 International Exhibition in London, alongside Sydney landscapes by Conrad Martens. Ironside depicts Christ’s first public miracle, the transformation of water into wine during a marriage feast. Vastly different in both subject and style from the landscape and portrait paintings of her Australian contemporaries, it represents the continuity of European traditions in the imagination of Australian-born artists. It is not an entirely invented scene, however, as the figure of Christ was modelled on the prominent Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldi.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Rome

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 8 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 39 publications

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