Veronese in America

Paolo Veronese, Portrait of a Woman as Saint Agnes, ca. 1575–80, oil on canvas,
Paolo Veronese, Portrait of a Woman as Saint Agnes, ca. 1575–80, oil on canvas, 33 × 28 1/2 inches (Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston)

Ann Landi reviews the exhibition Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop in Renaissance Venice at the Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Florida, on view through April 14, 2013.

Landi writes that the "number of Veronese’s drawings and paintings in American collections... allowed [curator Virginia Brilliant] and her chief collaborator, Frederick Ilchman... to assemble a show that tells 'the whole story of how these masterpieces went from the artist’s very first doodles, his first ideas for a composition, and how he worked those up into very highly finished drawings' and from there to paintings." Landi also notes that "Henry James called Veronese the 'happiest painter' of the Renaissance, one who enjoyed a reputation for vivid color and the creation of a festive mood even when his subject wasn’t a celebration."

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