The wedding at Cana was today’s Gospel reading according to John. It is one of my favorite readings. It has inspired countless works of art.
I remember standing flabbergasted in front of the 267 by 391 inches “The Wedding Feast at Cana” painting by Paolo Veronese housed inside the Louvre’s largest room, the Salles des Etats in 2013 during my big trip to Europe with our daughter Doc Chavent.
The depiction of images in my head of the wedding after each Gospel reading was towering in front of me in all its monstrosity and beauty, all at once. I had to sit down on a bench to take it all in. So did everyone else.
The Louvre Museum in Paris overwhelmed me and had an everlasting impact on me in many different ways. After seeing “The Da Vinci Code” movie, I was determined to be inside that museum to get the energy from all the art and see the masters.
Even today, I can’t exactly describe how I felt in face of the majestic paintings including La Joconde or Mona Lisa. The painting is a lot smaller than I had imagined, and it’s guarded and shielded, and roped off. I have a print at home from the museum gift shop, along with my other masters’ gallery.
Paintings have always been a huge source of inspiration.
I would need at least a month to go through the entire museum and all its galleries.
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