(b. 1528, Verona, d. 1588, Venezia)

The Mystic Marriage of Sr Catherine

c. 1555
Oil on canvas
Private collection

Famous for his scenes of banquets, showing happy, healthy, richly-dressed men and women feasting against a backdrop of gleaming white architecture, The Mystic Marriage o fSt Catherine is not one of Veronese's most opulent works. Nevertheless, it shows a scene of tenderness and joy as the Christ Child, watched over by his mother Mary, his grandmother Anne and his earthly father Joseph, places a wedding ring on the finger of the princess Catherine while his little cousin, the child Baptist, plays with his attribute of a lamb. Contributing to the happy mood are the warm and generally light colours, which are applied, as is especially evident in the figure of St Catherine, with a characteristically Venetian freedom and brilliance.