Self-portrait, between 1558 and 1563
Paolo Caliari, is from Verona, hence his middle name. The greatest representative of the Venetian school. Don’t look for deep meaning or serious feelings in his works; let your eye have a feast. Pay attention to the illusionistic tricks and remember that these works were designed for a specific interior.
Look for the posh people (actually his clients) surrounded by servants, rich materials, and fancy classy, look at the faces. Have they become bored by too much good living and leisure?. These are the last happy days for the Venetian Empire. Isn’t that why dogs and other animals often seem more alive than people? The Madonnas or gods he portrays are no more than Venetian nobility.
Paolo Veronese’s major works are Allegory of Love, I (Unfaithfulness), c. 1570s (London: National Gallery); The Finding of Moses, c. 1570–75 (Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.