Xavier F. Salomon, Chief Curator at The Frick Collection, discusses two paintings by Paolo Veronese. Purchased by Henry Clay Frick in 1912, they can still be found in their original location in the West Gallery, where they have been installed since the house was built.
Veronese’s Allegories: Virtue, Love, and Exploration in Renaissance Venice
April 11, 2006 to July 16, 2006
The art of Paolo Veronese (1528–1588) is inextricably linked to the idea of opulence and splendor in Renaissance Venice. His paintings are grandiose visions of the richness and spectacle of sixteenth-century Venetian life. Crowded compositions with theatrical effects, in which groups of sumptuously dressed people re-enact religious and secular events, have become synonymous with Veronese’s oeuvre, and his dazzling and effective use of color has been praised and celebrated over the centuries.