Paolo Veronese (1528-1588)

Paolo Veronese

One of the great masters of the Venetian Renaissance, Paolo Caliari became known as Veronese and won over the Venetians with his use of colour, his ability to integrate architectural elements with human forms and his creative genius when creating new subjects.

This creativity nearly proved his undoing when he was hauled before the Inquisition, accused of including extraneous and indecorous details in his sacred depiction of the Last Supper.

Veronese explained that "we painters take the same liberties as poets and madmen" and rather than repaint the picture, he simply and pragmatically retitled it to the less sacramental the Feast in the House of Levi, by which it is known today.

He was summoned by the Republic of Venice to paint the Sala del Maggior Consiglio in Palazzo Ducale and his canvasses today are found in the world’s most important museums.

In Maser, his genius was given full rein and he brilliantly interpreted the rhythms of the architectural spaces designed by Palladio, enriching them with fake architectural features and a myriad of real and allegorical characters.