“De zogenaamde ‘Bruiloft van Cana’” (P. Gerlach O.F.M. Cap.) 1967
[in: Brabants Dagblad, 19th August 1967]
[Reprinted in Spiegel der Historie, 9 (1967), pp. 649-652]
[Reprinted in Nieuwe Rotterdamse Courant, 14th October 1967]
[Reprinted in Gerlach 1988: 123-128]
[Also mentioned in Gibson 1983: 103 (E177)]
In the so-called Wedding at Cana (Rotterdam, Boijmans Van Beuningen) we only see reminiscences of the Biblical story: the presence of Jesus and Mary and a man with six stone pitchers (see the Gospel according to St John). The miracle itself of the transformation of water into wine is completely absent. The little ‘child-bishop’ and the silver plates of the 1506 city lottery allude to an event from the ’s-Hertogenbosch environment: the swan suggests the wedding of a member of the Brotherhood of the Swan, in the presence of family members and also of two clerics (identified as such by the stola they are wearing).