PARIS (AP) _ The 16th-century painting ''Marriage at Cana'' by Paolo Veronese accidentally was damaged in five places when experts at the Louvre Museum were rehanging the huge masterpiece, officials said Monday.

The damage will not require a remounting of the 22-by-32.5-foot work, according to officials of the Musees de France, which oversees the nation's museums.

The 1562 painting was damaged ''about 10 days ago'' while being repositioned in preparation for an exposition, the Musees de France said. The damage was confined to the architectural part of the painting and did not affect the figures.

Veronese ranks among the masters of Venetian decorative painting.