The Triumph of Venice by Paolo Veronese

The Triumph of Venice by Paolo Veronese

Creative destiny of Veronese was formed as it is possible more successfully. He was not yet thirty years old when he achieved official recognition and honorary government orders.

Sensitively catching public sentiment, the master always remained at the peak of popularity. His decorative and lush manner in which he wrote his multi-figured compositions and allegories fully corresponded to the secular spirit of the Venetian Republic. And the late religious works created by the artist in the period of the Counter-Reformation are a very accurate illustration of the decrees of the Council of Trent. Nevertheless, faithfully fulfilling the aspirations of the Fatherland and the Church, Veronese never changed himself, remaining, above all, a faithful servant of Art.

The Venetian Republic more than once ordered Veronese canvases for the halls of the Doge’s Palace. The artist was tasked to glorify the trade and military power of the “city in the lagoon.” The images created by him in this field can not be called majestic. In any case, the republic was always satisfied.

For the Hall of the Grand Council, destroyed by fire in 1577, the master created a grand canvas “The Triumph of Venice”, where Venice is crowned by an angel flying from heaven. Near the throne, the viewer sees many allegorical figures – these are all the virtues that thrive in the happy Venetian Republic.

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