Veronese: Painting in Renaissance Venice

Instructor: Helena Szepe

This course has been scheduled to coincide with the exhibition Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop in Renaissance Venice at the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, December 7, 2012-April 14, 2013. There will be a required tour of the exhibit led by the curator Virginia Brilliant on February 7. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the related symposium at the Ringling, March 8-9 (free admission to students of the course).

Throughout the semester, the work of Paolo Caliari (1528-1588) will be the prism through which broader questions about late Renaissance/early modern painting will be investigated. Originally from Verona, hence ‘Veronese,’ the painter settled in Venice in the early 1550s, and with his extensive workshop he painted numerous important works for private patrons, the church, and the state. Among the topics to be explored are: Painting and the culture of the Palladian villa on the Venetian terraferma; Painting, Reform and the Inquisition; Art and politics; Narrative and theatricality. Veronese was extremely successful during his lifetime, and was revered by subsequent generations of collectors and artists for the qualities seen as exemplary of Venetian colorito, as distinguished from central Italian disegno.

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