National Gallery, London
19 March – 15 June 2014
Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
+44 20 7747 2885

Paolo Caliari (1528–1588), known as Veronese, was one of the most renowned and sought after artists working in Venice in the 16th century. This exhibition of 50 of his works, many of which are travelling to London from across the globe, is the most significant collection of masterpieces by the artist ever to be displayed in the United Kingdom.

Veronese works adorned churches, patrician palaces, villas and public buildings throughout the Veneto region – and are inseparable from our idea of the opulence and grandeur of the Republic of Venice at that time.

Highlights of the exhibition include the display of three of the artist’s most beautiful portraits from the period of his arrival in Venice: Portrait of a Gentleman (about 1555, Palazzo Pitti, Florence), the Portrait of a Woman, known as the ‘Bella Nani’ (about 1555–60, Musée du Louvre, Paris) and the Portrait of a Gentleman (1560965, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles).

Born in Verona in 1528, the son of a stonecutter, Veronese entered into the workshop of Antonio Badile in 1541. Working in Verona, he completed important commissions for churches and aristocratic families such as the Canossa and Bevilacqua. In the early 1550s, Veronese moved to Venice, a city he rarely left. It was here, endorsed by Titian, and
working alongside Jacopo Sansovino and Andrea Palladio, that he was established as one of the leading artists in Europe. His posthumous reputation has been as consistently high as his influence has been strong. The work of Van Dyck, Rubens, Watteau, Tiepolo and Delacroix depend upon his example.