Paolo Veronese

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Past Exhibitions: Veronese's Allegories

Painting of man in white garb stretching between two women in dresses
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.

Cocktails with a Curator: Veronese's 'Choice between Virtue and Vice'

video still of Aimee Ng and oil painting of man between two women

In this week’s episode of “Cocktails with a Curator,” decipher the significance of the many fascinating elements that compose the other large allegorical painting by Paolo Veronese at the Frick, “Choice Between Virtue and Vice,” with Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon. The program is paired with a Negroni Sbagliato, a twist on the cocktail from last week’s episode. Leave a comment below with your favorite detail!

Cocktails with a Curator: Veronese's 'Wisdom and Strength'

video still of Xavier Salomon and two oil paintings with multiple figures

In this week’s episode of “Cocktails with a Curator,” enjoy a traditional Negroni with Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon as he discusses “Wisdom and Strength,” one of two large allegorical paintings by Paolo Veronese that hang in the West Gallery at the Frick. Discover the hidden message behind the two principal figures in this picture: a bearded brute clad in a lion skin and a woman of noble bearing with a miniature sun above her forehead. Tune in next week for a discussion of the painting’s companion work, “Choice Between Virtue and Vice.”

Jane Bridgeman: "From Cardinals to Courtesans: Dress as Image in Italian Renaissance Painting"

video still of Jane Bridgeman giving lecture at The Frick Collection

Jane Bridgeman, former Senior Associate Lecturer, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

This lecture offers some surprising insights about how portrayals of dress in sixteenth-century painting signified status. The construction of garments and the choice of attire as recorded in works of art will be related to the roles of women at different stages of their lives. Male dress worn for official, unofficial, and professional activities will also be discussed.

Xavier F. Salomon: “Paolo Veronese and Francesco degli Arbori’s Chapel in Murano”

photo of Xavier Solomon giving lecture at The Frick Collection

Between 1566 and 1567, the priest Francesco degli Arbori oversaw the construction of a small private chapel on the island of Murano, in the Venetian Lagoon. To decorate it, he commissioned Paolo Veronese, one of the most sought-after artists in Venice. The two principal works from the building, recently restored, are the focus of the special exhibition and this lecture.



Veronese in Murano

Link to introductory video for the exhibition 'Veronese in Murano'

Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at The Frick Collection, provides an introduction to the exhibition Veronese in Murano: Two Venetian Renaissance Masterpieces Restored, on view at The Frick Collection from October 24, 2017, through March 25, 2018.

Veronese at The Frick Collection

Link to video of Xavier Salomon discussing paintings by Veronese in The Frick Collection

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.