Paolo Veronese

Painter

Biography

Paolo Veronese was born in 1528 in Venice, Italy. He lived most of his life in the town of Venice, where he was born. He was trained at a young age by Antonio Badile. Veronese spent most of his life either directing his workshop or producing paintings. He was a painter that portrayed festive scenes, but in portraits, there is a slight melancholy feeling. Paolo's works were a mixture of religious, secular, or history related works. Some of his religious works include Temptation of Saint Anthony, Jupiter Fulminating the Vices, and Christ at the Pool of Bethesda.
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The Crucifixion

This painting was painted in 1584 and currently is in the Musee du Louvre. The significance of this painting is the religious interpretation of the crucifixion of Jesus, religion was a huge part of the renaissance. I found this painting interesting because it is obviously not a very happy scene and I thought it was pretty. The use of the earthy tones blends the painting together. This painting is an example of secularism because it is a religious focused painting. The work is showing people for what they really look like and it captures emotions of the people. I find it interesting how the left side, where the crucified people are hanging on the cross is darkly painted, using really dark tones, and farther towards the right, it gets bright and colorful. Even though this painting is a pretty obvious secularism, I think it has a deeper meaning, or at least, there is a point to having the dark and light tones separated like that. All in all, I really like this painting and is an accurate showing of what most of his work consists of, using people, soft lines, and slightly blurred images.

MLA information

"Paolo Veronese." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 7 Dec. 2015.


The Crucifixion. Paolo Veronese. 1584. In ARTstor History. 7 December 2015.