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

Adoration of the Shepherds

Oil on canvas, 350 x 290 cm
Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, Venice

The Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary was destroyed by fire in 1867. The restored chapel was reopened only in 1959. In the new carved ceiling of the nave, three oval paintings by Veronese, which were once in the deconsecrated church of the Umiltà on the Zattere, were inset: the Adoration of the Shepherds, the Assumption, and the Annunciation. They are works of very high chromatic quality and great inventiveness of composition, and can be considered to be on the same level as the scenes he painted for the ceiling of the nave in San Sebastiano.