Paolo Caliari


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Veronese brought the Renaissance School of Venice to a close in grand style. His real name was Paolo Caliari, although he wasmore popularly known as Veronese, having been born in Verona in 1528. He trained under minor artists, quickly assimilating Mannerism, which he came to know through Giulio Romano. Michelangelo and [Parmigianino#pintor_en#2938] also contributed to his artistic formation. From 1553 he is documented as a ceiling decorator in the Doges' Palace, where he employed daring perspectives and nudes in complicated poses that filled all the space. He moved to Rome in 1560, and some years later painted the frescos in the Villa Barbaro (now Volpi) at Maser, near Treviso. His great speciality were biblical paintings, preferably feasts, which served as a pretext for representing a crowd of figures in 16th century Venetian dress, with dogs, monkeys, parrots and so forth that fill the scene with light and colour. The freedom with which he interpreted sacred themes meant he ran into problems with the Inquisition, forcing him to modify some parts of his Last Supper that were considered irreverent. Veronese decided to change the title to The Feast in the House of Levi. No-one else knew how to portray the opulence and magnificence of 16th century Venice like Veronese. In his final period he preferred twilight and nocturnal tones to the midday lights, as can be seen in The Finding of Moses in the Museo del Prado. He lived in Venice with his wife Elena Badile and died in the city in 1588.

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