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