Triumph of Venice, by Veronese

Triumph of Venice, by Veronese

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Veronese (1528–1588) is the last Renaissance artist of Venice. In fact, both his early and mature works have to be considered as Mannerism works. Veronese loved to paint Mannerism figures, often in contorted poses, whilst also giving importance to strong colors and contrasts. An example of Veronese's style is seen in the the Temptation of St. Anthony in the Cathedral of Mantua.

His mature works mostly consist of frescoes painted for civil buildings and villas, mainly located in the countryside of Venice, such as Villa Barbaro in Maser. The fresco painted for the villa represents illusory architecture and takes inspiration from the style of Palladio who designed the entire building.

His very last works clearly show a return to a more classical taste, composed of dazzling light, harmonious colours and rigorous compositions. The most remarkable work of this period is the "Triumph of Venice" in the Doges's Palace, which clearly demonstrates all of the artistic experience acquired by Veronese. 

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