The Venetian artist Paolo Cagliari, known as Veronese after his birthplace in the city of Verona, was born in 1528. His father Gabriele was a stonecutter by trade and by the age of fourteen his son was apprenticed to a local artist Antonio Badile. The talented young Paolo began to develop his own style including a lighter and more colourful palette. He left Badile's workshop in 1543.
The artist then moved to the city of Mantua in the province of Lombardy and completed frescoes in the city's cathedral. He arrived in Venice in 1552/53 and it is in Venice and the surrounding regions that he created his most memorable works.
Works in Venice.
Titian was the established master in Venice but his later contemporaries included Tintoretto and of course, Veronese. Paolo decorated the Sala dei Consiglio dei Dieci and the Sala dei Tre Capi del Consiglio.
His ceiling paintings for the Doge's Palace and the Marciana Library established him as a master of Venetian painting. He was even awarded a prize for his work by the famous Titian.
The architect Andrea Palladio had completed a villa for the Barbaro family in Maser, and Paolo was invited to decorate the villa with frescoes. The decoration included portraits of the Barbaro family, with the ceilings painted with mythological figures, the work is the artist's most important fresco cycle and was a great success for both artist and architect.
The monks of the San Giorgio Maggiore Monastery in Venice commissioned Veronese to produce a huge painting The Marriage at Cana. The work began in 1562 and was completed barely a year later in 1563.
The Marriage at Cana,
Height 6.77m Width 9.94 ( Detail ) Louvre Paris. (w)