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Veronese (1528–1588)

  1. George Thomas Kurian

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1437

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Kurian, G. T. 2011. Veronese (1528–1588). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Real name: Paolo Caliari or Cagliari. Greatest Venetian decorator before Tiepolo. His first major commission was for both oil and fresco for the church and sacristy of S. Sebastiano, Venice. Three large ovals on the nave and ceiling tell the story of Esther and Ahasuerus, and the walls on the north and south sides of the monks' choir have frescoes of the Life of St. Sebastian (1558). Veronese had a large workshop and his output was enormous. The Marriage Feast at Cana for the refectory of S. Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, is the first of a series of large religious scenes. Unfortunately his religious pictures were considered irreverent and in 1573 he was summoned before the Inquisition for his painting, Feast in the House of Levi (1573). His art was sometimes dismissed as mere decoration but his gift was not evocative or emotive art but rather opulent display. In his Last Supper he filled some 40 feet of space with elaborate architecture and scores of figures.


  • Veronese (1528–1588);
  • greatest venetian decorator, before tiepolo;
  • life of St. Sebastian;
  • feast in the House of Levi