An image of The marriage at Cana of Galilee

Adelaide Ironside

(Australia 17 Nov 1831 – 15 Apr 1867)

The marriage at Cana of Galilee

Other titles:
The marriage of Cana at Galilee
19th c Australian art
Further information

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.

Place of origin
Rome, Italy
reworked 1863
oil on canvas on hardboard
106.1 x 147.7 board; 117.0 x 158.6 x 6.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Gift of the Warden and Fellows of St Paul's College, University of Sydney 1992
Accession number