Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), Allegories of Love - Respect, about 1570-5, Oil on canvas, 186.1 × 194.3 cm, © The National Gallery, London (NG 1325).

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), Christ and the Centurion, about 1570, Oil on canvas, 192 × 297 cm, © Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado (P00492).

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), The Family of Darius before Alexander, 1565-7, Oil on canvas, 236.2 × 474.9 cm, © The National Gallery, London (NG 294).

Surveying the Unflagging Sophistication & Reputation of Paolo Veronese

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), Allegories of Love - Happy Union, about 1570-5, Oil on canvas, 187.4 × 186.7 cm, © The National Gallery, London (NG 1326).

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), Allegories of Love - Scorn, about 1570-75, Oil on canvas, 186.6 ×188.5 cm, © The National Gallery, London (NG 1324).

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), The Adoration of the Kings, 1573, Oil on canvas, 355.6 × 320 cm, © The National Gallery, London (NG 268).

Paolo Veronese, The Raising of the Daughter of Jairus, about 1546, Oil on paper, mounted on canvas, 42 x 37 cm, Paris, Musée du Louvre, Département des Peintures, INV 141, © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée du Louvre) / Jean-Gilles Berizzi.

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), The Virgin and Child with Saint Peter and a Female Saint, about 1550-5, Oil on canvas, 119 × 95 cm, Pinacoteca Civica, Vicenza (A 77), © Courtesy Musei Civici Vicenza.

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), Portrait of a Lady, known as the 'Bella Nani', about 1560-5, Oil on canvas, 119 × 103 cm, Musée du Louvre, Paris (R.F. 2111), © RMN (Musée du Louvre)/All rights reserved.

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), Perseus and Andromeda, 1575-80, Oil on canvas, 260 × 211 cm, Musée des Beaux - Arts, Rennes (1801-1-1), © MBA, Rennes, Dist. RMN/Adélaïde Beaudoin.

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), Portrait of a Gentleman, about 1555, Oil on canvas, 104.5 × 108 cm, Galleria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti, Florence (216), © Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Fiorentino.

Paolo Veronese, The Virgin and Child with Saints and Donors (modello for the Pala Bevilacqua Lazise), about 1546, Oil on paper, mounted on canvas, 50 x 36 cm, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence (1890 n. 1316), © Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Fiorentino.

 

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Veronese: Magnificence
in Renaissance Venice

March 19-June 15, 2014

"From the deftly captured shimmer of a pearl, to the sweep and splendour of his architectural settings, Veronese’s mastery of colour, space and light, and his feeling for beauty, for opulence and grace, have captured the imagination of countless artists and art lovers ever since."

                       — Director of the National Gallery,                                                 Dr Nicholas Penny

Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice is devoted to one of the most influential artists of the 16th century. This exhibition of 50 of his works, many of which are travelling to London from across the globe, is the most significant collection of masterpieces by the artist ever to be displayed in the United Kingdom.

Paolo Caliari (1528-1588), known as Veronese, was one of the most renowned and sought-after artists working in Venice in the 16th century. His works adorned churches, patrician palaces, villas and public buildings throughout the Veneto region — and are inseparable from our idea of the opulence and grandeur of the Republic of Venice at that time.

Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice brings together works from every aspect of the artist’s oeuvre: portraits, altarpieces, allegorical decorations and mythological works. Paintings in this exhibition represent the very peak of the artist’s output at every stage of his career.

Important loans to the exhibition include works from churches and art galleries across Europe (Austria, France, Italy and Spain) and the USA. The exhibition displays many of Veronese’s most celebrated works, including The Martyrdom of Saint George (about 1565) on loan from the church of San Giorgio in Braida, Verona, and 'he Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine (1565-70, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice).

Neither of these great altarpieces has previously been seen in the United Kingdom and the exhibition will enable visitors to compare them with Veronese's most accomplished secular painting of the same period, the magnificent Family of Darius before Alexander (1565-7), which was among the first great works acquired by the National Gallery in mainland Europe.

Highlights of the exhibition include the display of three of the artist’s most beautiful portraits from the period of his arrival in Venice: 'Portrait of a Gentleman' (about 1555, Palazzo Pitti, Florence), the 'Portrait of a Woman, known as the 'Bella Nani'' (about 1555–60, Musée du Louvre, Paris) and the 'Portrait of a Gentleman' (1560-65, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles).

Works are reunited in the exhibition for the first time in hundreds of years.Mars and Venus United by Love (about1570-1575, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) leaves the USA for the first time since 1910 for the exhibition and is reunited, for the first time since the 18th century, with the National Gallery’s Four Allegories of Love (about 1575).

Two companion altarpieces painted for the church of San Benedetto Po near Mantua: The Virgin and Child with Saints Anthony Abbot and Paul the Hermit (1562, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia) and the National Gallery’s own Consecration of Saint Nicholas (1562), are displayed together for only the second time since the 18th century.

The Gallery’s Adoration of the Kings (1573), painted for the church of San Silvestro in Venice, long one of the artists most admired paintings and recently cleaned, will be shown beside an altarpiece of the same subject, painted in the same year for the church of in Santa Corona, Vicenza. These pictures have never been seen together since they were in the artist’s studio.

Born in Verona in 1528, the son of a stonecutter, Veronese entered into the workshop of Antonio Badile in 1541. Working in Verona, he completed important commissions for churches and aristocratic families such as the Canossa and Bevilacqua.

In the early 1550s, Veronese moved to Venice, a city he rarely left. It was here, endorsed by Titian, and working alongside Jacopo Sansovino and Andrea Palladio, that he was established as one of the leading artists in Europe. His posthumous reputation has been as consistently high as his influence has been strong. The work of Van Dyck, Rubens, Watteau, Tiepolo and Delacroix depend upon his example.

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), The Anointment of David, about 1550, Oil on canvas, 173 × 365 cm, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (40), © KHM, Vienna.

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), The Adoration of the Kings, about 1573-4, Oil on canvas, 375 × 228 cm, Santa Corona, Vicenza, © Courtesy of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Storici e Artistici ed Etnoantropolici per Verona, Rovigo e Vicenza.

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), Martyrdom of Saint George, about 1565, Chiesa di San Giorgio in Braida, Verona, © Photo Scala, Florence.

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), Saints Geminianus and Severus,c. 1560, Oil on canvas, 341 x 240 cm, Galleria Estense, Modena.

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), Portrait of a Gentleman, about 1560-5, Oil on canvas, 192.1 × 134 cm, © The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (71.PA.17).

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, about 1570-2, Oil on canvas, 236.2 x 161.3 cm Frame: 281.3 x 205.4× 11.4 cm, © Collection of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida, Florida State University, Sarasota Florida (SN82).

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine, about 1565-70, Oil on canvas, 337 × 241 cm, Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice (1324), © Courtesy of the Ministero dei Beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo.

Paolo Veronese, (1528-1588), Conversion of St Pantaleon, 1587-88, Oil on canvas, 277 x 160 cm, San Pantalon, Venice.

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), Saint John the Baptist, about 1560, Oil on canvas, 247 × 122 cm, Galleria Estense, Modena (4188), © Courtesy of the Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo - Archivio, Fotografico della SBSAE di Modena e Reggio Emilia.

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), Saint Menna, about 1560, Oil on canvas, 247 × 122 cm, Galleria Estense, Modena (433), © Courtesy of the Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo - Archivio, Fotografico della SBSAE di Modena e Reggio Emilia.

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), The Anointing of David, about 1550, Oil on canvas, 173 × 365 cm, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (40), © KHM, Vienna.

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), The Supper at Emmaus, about 1555, Oil on canvas, 290 × 488 cm, Musée du Louvre, Paris (146), © RMN (Musée du Louvre)/Gérard Blot.

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), The Conversion of Mary Magdalene, about 1548, Oil on canvas, 117.5 × 163.5 cm, © The National Gallery, London.

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588), The Rape of Europa, 1575, Oil on canvas glued to oak panel, 59.5 × 70 cm, © The National Gallery, London (NG97).