The Wedding at Cana by Paolo Veronese
“The Wedding at Cana” depicts a miracle story from the New Testament. Towards the end of the eponymous wedding feast, when wine was running out, Jesus commanded servants to fill jugs with water which he turned into wine. This was the first of his seven miracles.
The painting currently resides in the Louvre in Paris. It is the largest painting in the museum’s collection.
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
This 15th-century mural adorns the refectory in the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent in Milan. It is one of the world’s most famous paintings and depicts Jesus’ final meal with his disciples. It was during this meal that He announced one of them would betray him.
Despite attempts to restore the painting, very little of the original remains today due to Leonardo’s painting methods, aging, and both accidental and intentional damage.
San Zaccaria Altarpiece by Giovanni Bellini
Sometimes also called Madonna Enthroned with Child and Saints, this painting is located inside the church of San Zaccaria, Venice.
Influenced by the style of Giorgione, the colorful artwork depicts a sacred conversation among the Madonna, Christ Child, a musician angel and four symmetrically-placed saints: St. Peter the Apostle, St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Lucy and St. Jerome.
The School of Athens by Raphael
This large fresco decorates rooms in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. It depicts numerous philosophers including Plato, Socrates, Pythagoras and Aristotle.
It is recognized as Raphael’s masterpiece and has long been regarded as the perfect embodiment of the High Renaissance spirit.
The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo
This famous fresco adorns part of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, illustrating the Biblical story in which God breathes life into the first man, Adam. It is one of the most well-recognized and replicated religious paintings of all time.