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

Feast in the House of Levi (detail)

1573
Oil on canvas
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

The memorable head of the master steward suggests close study of the pseudo-classical Vitellius bust (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Venice), which Cardinal Domenico Grimani sent to Venice from Rome in 1523. Like Tintoretto, Veronese had made a drawing of the bust (British Museum, London), which had been on display in the Doge's Palace from 1525. There may have been a cast of the emperors bust among the plaster casts documented as being owned by Veronese's heirs.