Paolo Veronese

Renaissance Artist


Paolo Veronese was born in 1528 in Italy, and spent most of his life in Venice. He received his training in the 1540s in Verona by the famous artists Antonio Badile and Giovanni Caroto, and made many paintings, and drawings. His paintings were known for their rich color, Christian, and secular views. During his life, Paolo won favor with the leading nobility and upper class of Venice, and continued on to create art for the Ducal Palace, the Library of St. Mark's, and nobility and the upper class of Venice. However, some of his paintings got him in trouble with the religious authorities. Veronese included additions in his work such as dwarves in his painting Last Supper in1573, and was brought in for questioning in front of the Catholic Inquistion. An interesting fact about him is that he changed his name to Caliari, the leading family in Italy at the time.

Marriage at Cana

This piece was created by Paolo Veronese in 1563 for San Giorgio Maggiore. It is currently located at the Musee de Louvre in Paris, France. Having great artistic technique, secular views, and including himself and other artists into the piece is what makes Marriage at Cana so significant. This painting shows many people gathered to eat, and talk. Behind the balcony shows various people carrying trays of food, and in the center of the painting shows a band of musicians. What makes this piece so interesting is that Paolo Veronese painted Titian, himself, and many other leading artists into the band. In the painting, Paolo is in white playing a "viol".

This piece is closely linked to secularism. This painting contradicts the religious belief of how Christ turned water into wine at the wedding at Cana, by opposing the themes of modesty. Paolo shows lavishly dressed people being waited on by servers, and having an abundance of food. What makes me find this piece so interesting is the rich color, tremendous detail, and how Paolo Veronese included himself and other artists into the piece. To see a picture of this painting, you could go to using the following link:


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