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Paolo Veronese: Piety and Display in an Age of Religious Reform

Paolo Veronese: Piety and Display in an Age of Religious Reform

by Richard Cocke, Veronese


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Jorg Breu belonged to the generation of German Renaissance artists that included Durer, Cranach, Grunewald, Alterdorfer, and, in his own city of Augsburg, Hans Burgkmair the Elder. His art registered the early reception of Italian art in Germany and spanned the dramatic years of the Reformation in Augsburg, when the city was riven with social and religious tensions. Uniquely, for a German artist, Breu left a diary chronicling his reaction to the massive social and cultural forces that engulfed him, including his own conversion to the Protestant cause. His story is representative of the condition of many artists during the Reformation years living through this watershed between two cultural eras and the enforced transfer of creative energies from religious painting to secular and applied forms of art. In this wide ranging and original study, Andrew Morrall examines the effect of these events on the nature and practice of Jorg Breu’s art and its reception, not just in his own period, but right up to present day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754602019
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.49(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

List of figuresVII
List of platesXI
Early career in Verona1
Venice: the rooms of the Council of Ten in the Ducal Palace: Daniele Barbaro6
Consolidation: the frescos at Villa Barbaro, Maser9
Consolidation in Venice: San Sebastiano15
Recognition and the revival of Venetian tradition18
When seeing is believing22
The master narrator--the mature secular narratives25
The master narrator--the mature religious paintings34
Late style: the religious paintings36
Piety and display41
1From Verona to Venice49
Venice: The heir of Constantinople and new Rome51
Change in Venetian society and art56
The Venetian patrons59
Veronese's other patrons65
2Public display, 1550-6573
Veronese and the tradition of the Venetian altarpiece76
Veronese and the tradition of Venetian ceiling painting83
San Sebastiano84
The ceiling of the Jesuit church of Santa Maria dell'Umilta85
Venetian tradition renewed87
Veronese and Catholic renewal91
3Public display, 1566-88105
The saintas martyr105
The Council of Trent and the cult of saints109
The saint as exemplar111
Veronese and the tradition of the Venetian altarpiece115
Christ's Baptism and Crucifixion117
Lavish display in existing churches: San Giacomo, Murano121
San Nicolo ai Frari; Santa Maria Maggiore125
The new status130
4Paintings for private display137
Smaller devotional paintings137
Larger narrative paintings142
Paintings for camere grandi: the Coccina palace152
Old and New Testament subjects for the Bonaldi, Charles Duke of Savoy, Simone Lando and Charles de Croy154
Individual canvases159
5Christ's Feasts and Last Supper167
Feast in the House of Simon, Turin167
The Marriage Feast at Cana168
The Feast in the House of Simon, San Sebastiano and S. Maria dei Servi173
Feast of St Gregory the Great, Monte Berico176
The Feast in the House of Levi, SS Giovanni e Paolo177
Last Supper, Santa Soffia182
Works by Veronese221

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