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Marriage at Cana"
At the "Marriage of Cana," Veronese assembles in a vast hall and beneath
marble porticos numerous illustrious characters, from Solyman, Sultan of
Turkey, to the Emperor Charles V, and has at the feast many of the
famous artists of his day, thus "bequeathing to posterity the most
incongruous and at the same time the most truthful and vivid of
Painted in his thirty-fifth year, he received for it 324 silver ducats
and a pipe of wine, besides the cost of materials and his own living
expenses while engaged upon the work. Ruskin describes it as "one blaze
of worldly pomp." Many critics pronounce it as beyond question "the
masterpiece of modem painting," and as one of the great pictures of the
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Paolo Veronese (1528 - 1588)
Paolo Veronese is the wonder and despair of modern painters by reason of the
quality, facility and quantity of his work, so much of which was done so
admirably and so easily as to seem incredible. Granting that he may not be so
great an artist as Titian, nor so great a poet as Tintoretto, neither of them
produced anything which as a downright tour de force of painting equals his
"Marriage at Cana."
Christ and the Woman of Samaria
Working side by side, as Veronese did, with Titian and Tintoretto, the whole
splendor of Venice is revealed in his canvases, and his decorations in the Ducal
Palace immortalize the pageantry which characterized the Italy of his time.
Veronese, whose real name was Paolo Cagliari, was born
in Verona, as his cognomen implies, in 1528. His father was a sculptor, and was
his son to follow in
his footsteps. But the boy early gave evidence of a marked predilection for
painting, and in his early twenties executed decorations for the Mantuan
Cathedral that so far surpassed those of his collaborators that he found himself
the object of considerable ill-will and jealousy.
We hear of him in
Venice, at work on a commission to paint a Coronation of the Virgin and other
subjects for the sacristy of the Church of San Sebastiano. Such was his initial
success that he was entrusted with the decoration of the ceiling of the church
with scenes from the story of Esther and Ahasuerus. The impression created by
this work was profound. Still under thirty, the fame of the young painter was
assured. He found himself the most popular artist of the day in Venice,
"acknowledged by one and all to be well-nigh the equal of Tintoretto," who was
ten years his senior, and "even to rival Titian," then in his eightieth year.
Titian, with characteristic generosity, was
one of the first to recognize the genius of Veronese, whose progress he did much
One of his early and interesting commissions was to decorate, in conjunction
with several of the most celebrated Venetian artists, the newly built Library of
St. Mark's. A prize of honor, over and above the price agreed upon for the work,
was to be conferred upon that artist whose work might be adjudged superior. "And
after all the pictures had been well examined," writes Vasari, "a golden chain
was placed around the neck of Paolo Veronese, he, by the opinion of all, being
adjudged to have done the best."
His "Marriage at Cana" was painted for the
Convent of San Giorgio Maggiore, and was followed by other large canvases
representing similar Biblical scenes. "All these great compositions," it has
been noted, "in spite of their sacred titles, were, in reality, merely
reproductions of those sumptuous banquets and festive entertainments in which
the wealthy Venetians took delight, and which were marked by an ever-increasing
degree of state and ceremonial. The presence of Christ and His disciples are but
accessories in the scene. The stately Palladian architecture and gorgeous
costumes, the crowd of musicians, the buffoons and lackeys, the gold and silver
plate, the silken canopies and banners, are all borrowed from Venetian life."
Veronese plainly delighted in portraying such scenes. He is said to have written
on the back of one of his drawings: "If I ever have time, I want to represent a
sumptuous banquet in a superb hall, at which will be present the Virgin, the Savior, and St. Joseph. They will be served by the most brilliant retinue of
angels which one can imagine ... to show with what zeal blessed spirits serve
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