VIDEO: A Moment in Art History – The Wedding Feast at Cana – the story of the Mona Lisa’s gargantuan neighbor

How a huge painting by Italian Paolo Veronese was taken from an Italian basilica by Napoleon’s army, ended up in the Louvre, and why it’s still there.

Art in the background of this video.

Butterflies by Christie Hackler:

Glass flower by Ana Maria Botero:

Landscapes on concrete by Charlie Barr:

Parts of the video script were sourced from Wikipedia:

About the Author: Jason Horejs

Jason Horejs is the Owner of Xanadu Gallery, author of best selling books "Starving" to Successful & How to Sell Art , publisher of, and founder of the Art Business Academy. Jason has helped thousands of artists prepare themselves to more effectively market their work, build relationships with galleries and collectors, and turn their artistic passion into a viable business.


  1. I Love these Moments in Art History videos. Keep them up! I have been fortunate to paint in the Louvre twice in my lifetime. This brought me back to my days of wondering the floors that where open when my floor where closed because of strikes. One of the reasons the “Mona Lisa” is so popular is that she was the First portrait painting of a subject, not the patron. It also was the First portrait with a landscape background and not the traditional dark background. The Pride and Joy of the Sun king. Delacroix one upped this with “Orphan Girl in the Cemetery”, (one of the paintings I copied) adding a scared “emotion” and portraying a person of color to the mix. Notice how they are very similar backgrounds. The general public just flocks to her because she was stollen and found, most don’t even know why they want to see her. So many gems in the Louvre. Paris is to radical to try to paint there anymore, I have now focused on copying in our National Gallery, but with Covid.. I don’t know when I get to apply to paint again.

  2. Wow. Great video. How does someone paint that many figures, that large and all the wedding activity in just one year? I have so many technical questions. Unfortunately Paolo is not around to answer them!

  3. I enjoyed this “Moment in art History.” I have at least 20 hrs. of Art History from an undergraduate and graduate degree and I never stop learning from the masters of the past such as Veronese. The manipulation of this huge painting between two countries is amazing and the damage that it incurred.
    This reminds me of how the Louvre was cleaned out virtually overnight before the Nazi’s invaded France. A lot of the artifacts were scattered all over the countryside. When France was liberated, most of these artifacts were returned to the Louvre. There have been a few of these artifacts discovered in barns, etc., throughout the country and they have been returned to the Louvre.

  4. Wow! Jason, your moments in Art History continue to amaze and educate me. I majored in Art and our Art History lessons were in mass classes, where the professor lectured and did slide shows. Learned so much, but seems there is always more to learn. We were at the Lourve in January 2020 for the purpose of enjoying the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit…the very first time it was out of Italy.
    Particularly enjoyable , as far as Art History goes are the streaming of Waldemar Januszak; Dark Ages, which I learned was not DARK in terms of Art,,is the beginning..going through Baroque, Renaissance..all..
    what a wonderful present to us that love Art History..if you haven’t yet seen them.
    I love your presentations…please keep it up….Yes…The Nightwatch was cut, also and then restored to what it would look like as original size. We saw the ‘Mona Lisa’ at another gallery while in France. What
    a crowd…no one looking at her..just busy taking selfies and photos of her…Rather unpleasant sight.
    The very first time I saw HER..she was in the Louve, roped off, with all these students busy sketching her..I enjoyed that the most.
    OH…The Wedding Feast..incredible…learned so much from your talk…there is almost too much in the painting…takes awhile to digest.
    Thank-you again for sharing this with us.

  5. Thanks for the interesting story. When I was at the Louvre more than 20 years ago, I wanted to see the Mona Lisa first. And I was also very surprised at how small the size of this canvas is compared to other outstanding masterpieces. Unfortunately, I had very little time, so I inspected many paintings too quickly.

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