The marriage at Cana of Galilee

Adelaide Ironside1861 reworked 1863

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

The first Australian-born artist to study in Europe, Adelaide Ironside aspired to history painting, the highest category of art in her day. 'The marriage at Cana of Galilee' 1861/1863 – the most important painting of her career – portrays Christ's first public miracle, the transformation of water into wine during the marriage feast at Cana in Galilee.

Painted in Rome, 'The marriage' was exhibited at the Colonial Court of the 1862 International Exhibition in London. It was returned to Sydney after the artist's premature death, and was owned for many years by the all-male St Paul's College, University of Sydney.


  • Title: The marriage at Cana of Galilee
  • Creator: Adelaide Ironside
  • Date Created: 1861 reworked 1863
  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 106.1 x 147.7 board; 117.0 x 158.6 x 6.0 cm frame
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Gift of the Warden and Fellows of St Paul's College, University of Sydney 1992
  • Medium: oil on canvas on hardboard
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. Not dated.
  • Object Other Titles: The marriage of Cana at Galilee
  • Artist Country: Australia

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