high renaissance

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588)

Paolo Veronese, The Marriage at Cana, 1563, oil on canvas, 666 x 990 cm, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Source

Though he was born Paolo Caliari in the city of Verona, Paolo Veronese was one of the most prominent artists of the Venetian Renaissance. He arrived in Venice in 1553 and stayed there for the rest of his life, where he was granted some rather impressive commissions, including ceiling paintings in the Doge’s Palace and works in the Church of San Sebastiano. His distinctive style, which combined elements of the High Renaissance and the emerging Mannerist scene, was highly thought of by Venetian patrons.

Paolo Veronese, Sala dell'Olimpo, 1560-61, fresco and plaster decoration, Villa Barbaro, Maser. Source

Veronese is well known for his many paintings depicting biblical feasts, the most famous being The Marriage at Cana. These works were lavish and complex and often featured settings of opulent architecture clearly inspired by classical civilisations. Feast in the House of Levi and Feast in the House of Simon are two other stunning examples of this period in Veronese’s work, which were executed between 1560 and 1573.

Paolo Veronese, Saints Geminianus and Severus, c.1560, oil on canvas, 341 x 240 cm, Galleria Estense, Modena. Source

Girl With Cherries (detail); attributed to Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis (circa 1455-after 1508), but possibly by Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio (1467–1516)

oil on wood, c. 1491-5

“Girl with Cherries […] shows an artist grappling with Leonardo’s ideas and technique […] The vibrant sense of life in her curls is a testament to Leonardo’s love of the movement of hair, which he saw as similar to water currents and other paradigms of motion and which he studied in many drawings.” [source]


By Anne Leader

Leonardo da Vinci died on this day in 1519 in Amboise, France. The world-renowned polymath excelled as a painter, sculptor, architect, designer, theorist, engineer, and scientist, though he was often more interested in the design and exploratory phases of his work than bringing them to completion. He has left behind almost 2,500 drawings in notebooks and on loose sheets. Though he was of the same generation as Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510), Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-94), and Filippino Lippi (1457-1504), rather than Michelangelo (1475-1564) or Raphael (1483-1520), Leonardo is widely recognized as the father of the High Renaissance. While Leonardo famously left a number of major commissions incomplete, those that he did finish are today some of the most recognizable images of the Italian Renaissance, including the Mona Lisa, which was among the paintings he took with him to France and are now among the Louvre’s most prized paintings. Leonardo left Italy for France at some point after August 1516 to become first painter and engineer to King Francis I. Though in poor health, Leonardo continued to invent, imagine, and design through his drawings and notes but left larger-scale work to assistants. He spent his last years at the Château de Cloux (later called Clos-Lucé), near the King’s summer palace at Amboise on the Loire River.

Reference: Martin Kemp. “Leonardo da Vinci.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. <http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T050401>

The Virgin and Child with St Anne, c. 1510, oil on wood, Musée du Louvre, Paris

Mona Lisa (La Gioconda), c. 1503-5, oil on panel, Musée du Louvre, Paris

St John the Baptist, 1513-16, oil on panel, Musée du Louvre, Paris

St John in the Wilderness (Bacchus), 1510-15, oil on panel transferred to canvas, Musée du Louvre, Paris

Equestrian monument (for Francis I), 1517-18, black chalk on paper, Royal Library, Windsor

Copies after Leonardo’s Leda, 1510-15, oil on panel, Galleria Borghese, Rome (Leonardo and Salaì) and 1505-10, oil on panel, Wilton House, Salisbury (Cesare da Sesto)

Natural disaster, 1517-18, black chalk, pen and ink on paper, Royal Library, Windsor

Anatomical studies of the shoulder, 1510-11, black chalk, pen and ink on paper, Royal Library, Windsor

Studies of embryos, 1509-14, black and red chalk, pen and ink wash on paper, Royal Library, Windsor


4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No 21: 

Chateau de Chambord, Chambord, France. 

Built 1519-47, possibly by Domenico da Cortona.