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Paolo Veronese

1528-1588

Italian Late Renaissance Mannerist Painter 

One of the Greatest Painters Of All Time

Artistically and stylistically influenced by the following painters-  Michelangelo, Raphael,  Andrea del Verrocchio, Mantegna, and Piero della Francesca

Education -   

Cause of Death - unknown

technique -   oil  on linen or oak panel

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Paolo Veronese style was honed by years apprenticed to Giovanni Caroto.  Caroto was an engaging teacher. He encouraged innovation and originality. Art historian John C. Van Dyke observed "The great bulk of his work had a large decorative motive behind it. Almost all of the late Venetian work was of that character. Hence it was brilliant in color, elaborate in subject, and grand in scale. Splendid robes, hangings, furniture, architecture, jewels, armor, appeared everywhere, and not in flat, lusterless hues, but with that brilliancy which they possess in nature. Drapery gave way to clothing, and texture-painting was introduced even in the largest canvases. Scenes from Scripture and legend turned into grand pageants of Venetian glory, and the facial expression of the characters rather passed out in favor of telling masses of color to be seen at a distance upon wall or ceiling. It was pomp and glory carried to the highest pitch, but with all seriousness of mood and truthfulness in art. It was beyond Titian in variety, richness, ornament, facility; but it was perhaps below Titian in sentiment, sobriety, and depth of insight. Titian, with all his sensuous beauty, did appeal to the higher intelligence, while Paolo and his companions appealed more positively to the eye by luxurious color-setting and magnificence of invention. The decadence came after Paolo, but not with him. His art was the most gorgeous of the Venetian school, and by many is ranked the highest of all, but perhaps it is better to say it was the height. Those who came after brought about the decline by striving to imitate his splendor, and thereby falling into extravagance."

About Mannerist Painting

Originating in Italy, the term mannerism comes from the Italian 'maniera', which translates to 'style'. Mannerism is an artistic style that was born in the early 1500s.  The style originated in Rome and later widened to all of Europe. Mannerists paintings are characterized by elongated limbs, thin aquiline noses,  overly stylized figures, undersized heads, electrifying, vibrant colors and elaborately mannered, theatrical compositions.  The Mannerists in Italy worked on generous commission for a restricted audience of Vatican powerbrokers and royalty. They painted a wide range of subjects and genres  including religious images, mythological subjects and portraiture.

 

Masters of The Mannerist Style

Paolo Veronese

Jacopo da Pontormo

El Greco

Giorgio Vasari

Giovanni Rosso Fiorentino

Agnolo Bronzino

Parmigianinoa

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