(b. 1528, Verona, d. 1588, Venezia)
Transfiguration of Christ1555-56
Oil on canvas, 555 x 260 cm
Cathedral of Santa Maria, Montagnana
Accompanied by Peter, James and John, Jesus had gone to Mount Tabor to pray, where the disciples were witnesses to his transfiguration (St. Matthew 17, 5). Unlike Raphael's Transfiguration, in which the Transfiguration, Resurrection and Ascension are combined in the figure of Christ, Veronese's sticks to the text in emphasizing the mystic moment of transfiguration. Linked in a richly graded scale of colour, Christ, Moses and Elijah greatly resemble the figures in his Coronation of the Virgin (in San Sebastiano) in style. The angels tumbling from the clouds and the eloquent gestures of the prostrate disciples provide the dramatic touches.