(b. before 1300, d. ca. 1360)

Coronation of the Virgin

Tempera on panel, 99 x 78 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

In the Duecento, a lively school of panel painting arose in Venice, but Venetian painting found its first authoritative voice in Paolo Veneziano, whose signed works can be dated from the 1320s to the 1360s. Paolo's works exemplify the refinement of Italo-Byzantine style.

In Paolo's earliest dated work, the Coronation of the Virgin, the freedom, freshness and brilliance of colour epitomize Venetian taste. The picture is organized in terms of waves of different colours and patterns. Unlike Tuscan painting, no clear-cut forms emerge; the picture is a web of colour and lines, like a luxurious fabric.