The foremost Venetian painter of the fourteenth century, Paolo Veneziano (ca. 1295–1362) is regarded as the founder of the Venetian school of painting. With materials and techniques coming to his native city from Byzantium, Africa, and Asia, his workshop produced a broad range of visually rich works and received prestigious commissions from patrons in Venice and beyond, many of them for elaborate altarpieces composed of painted panels within intricately carved gilt-wood frames.
The publication presents Paolo Veneziano’s oeuvre alongside contemporaneous objects in various media to demonstrate how his innovative work engaged with fourteenth-century advances in manuscript illumination, ivory carving, textile production, and metalwork. At the heart of the discussion are the Frick’s Coronation of the Virgin (1358) and the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Annunciation panels. The volume accompanies an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
"The big dazzler here is the 4-foot Coronation of the Virgin from the collection of [the Frick], which published the show’s excellent catalog."
—Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2021
"The show's catalog . . . represents a significant contribution to his [Veneziano's] legacy."
—Isis Davis-Marks, Smithsonianmag.com, July 23, 2021