Paolo Veronese

By: Maeve Parnell


Paolo Veronese original name was Paolo Caliari. Veronese was born in 1528 in Verona, Italy and died on April 09, 1588 in Venice, Italy. His early years he lived in Verona. A couple of years later, he was currently working at Ducal Palace in Venice. He ended up settling down in Venice and starting his life in that city. He then later died there. Paolo owned a large shop where he produced his works. After his death his brother and sons took over the business.

Creating Art

Veronese received his first trainings from Antonio Badile at a young age in Verona. In 1552, he was in Mantua where he saw the art works of Giulio Romano, which is what gave him his inspiration for his art pieces. He also had lots of influences from artist that lived in Verona, the town he grew up in. Two types of art he created were; religious paintings and secular paintings. Such as; Temptation of St. Anthony, Jupiter Fulminating the Vices, and Triumph of Venice.


Paolo Veronese artworks were linked to secularism, perspectivism, and naturalism. Secularism relates to his art because he painted of most religious aspects. Perspectivism relates because in some of his pieces there is depth and have a vanishing point. Naturalism links because his painting were often light and painted in oils.

Wedding at Cana

The Wedding at Cana is a very famous piece of Paolo Veronese. The artwork was created in 1562 and you can see it displayed in the Musee du Lourve in Paris. The painting was made for Benedictine Monastery of San Goirgio Maggiore and was hung in the refectory, which is a room used for communal meals, especially used in religious ways, but then moved to Paris. This piece tells many different stories and you can get a lot out of it. The piece is an oil painting on canvas. Veronese painted as a scene where Jesus is in the center of the table and musicians at his feet who are supposedly, famous artist such as Veronese.
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The Piece in My Words

In the painting it looks as if wealthy and royal people are all eating at the table. And in the middle of the table sits Jesus, putting the attention and eyes on him. Surrounding the table are people admiring Jesus and praising him. I see it as a celebration to Jesus. The musicians at his feet are playing music to him in thanks and praise.

Ism Relation

The Wedding at Cana relates to secularism because the piece is religious. The artwork was made for a religious aspect. Secularism is focuses on the individual, in this case you would think since there is so many people in the painting that there is no one individual. But the painting shows the people worshiping Jesus, who is in the center. The art piece was also made for a religious building.

Why I find this piece so interesting...

I find this piece interesting because I find it amazing the amount of detail put into one piece of art. I love all the different colors and the beautiful building surrounding that table. I also like how there is so much going on, you can get so much information just from looking at a specific part of it.

Work Cited

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"The Wedding at Cana." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2015.

Paolo Veronese. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 2 Dec 2015.

"Temptation of St Anthony by VERONESE, Paolo." Temptation of St Anthony by VERONESE,Paolo. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.

".logo.filled .inner, .logo:hover .inner { Opacity: 1; Fill: Url(#rollover); }."Triumph of Venice. Tumblr,n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2015.

Venice. TheWedding at Cana, 1562-1563. Louvre. Photography.Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web.3 Dec 2015.