Paintings of feasts (banquets) (1560-1573)
by Paolo VERONESE

The magnificent decorative style, developed in the Villa Barbaro at Maser, was taken even further in the 1560s, in a series of large paintings on the common theme of suppers at which Christ was present. Veronese used the stories from the Gospels as an excuse to stage sumptuous feasts in sixteenth-century dress inside grandiose and theatrical architectural perspectives, producing realistic representations of social life at the highest level, dominated by the magnificence of the surroundings and the refined elegance of the clothing worn by the guest. The Supper in Emmaus (Louvre, Paris), the Feast in the House of Simon, painted for the dining room of the Benedictines in San Nazaro e Celso in Verona, (now in the Galleria Sabauda, Turin), and the Marriage at Cana, executed for the refectory of the convent of San Giorgio Maggiore at Venice (now in the Louvre, Paris) belong to the series.

In the 1570s Veronese returned to the theme of the feasts, painting the Feast at the House of Simon for the monastery of St Sebastian (now in the Pinacoteca di Brera), the same subject for the refectory of the Servites (which the Venetian Republic donated to King Louis XIV of France in 1664 and now is at Versailles), the Feast in the House of Gregory the Great for the sanctuary of Monte Berico at Vicenza (1572), and finally the Feast in the House of Levi for the refectory of the Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice (now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice).

In each case it was the local context that determined the huge format and particular form of the pictures. All of them were once attached to the walls at the end of the monastery refectories where, supported by the use of symmetrical pictorial architectures, they created a loose painted extension of the real space.

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Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Supper in Emmaus
c. 1560
Oil on canvas, 242 x 416 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

1411*800
True Color
168 Kb



The Marriage at Cana
1563
Oil on canvas, 666 x 990 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

1359*900
True Color
230 Kb



The Marriage at Cana (detail)
1563
Oil on canvas
Musée du Louvre, Paris

900*1052
True Color
196 Kb



The Marriage at Cana (detail)
1563
Oil on canvas
Musée du Louvre, Paris

1036*1154
True Color
183 Kb



The Marriage at Cana (detail)
1563
Oil on canvas
Musée du Louvre, Paris

900*1248
True Color
149 Kb



The Marriage at Cana (detail)
1563
Oil on canvas
Musée du Louvre, Paris

1321*930
True Color
200 Kb



The Marriage at Cana (detail)
1563
Oil on canvas
Musée du Louvre, Paris

900*1085
True Color
170 Kb



The Marriage at Cana (detail)
1563
Oil on canvas
Musée du Louvre, Paris

850*1131
True Color
176 Kb



The Marriage at Cana (detail)
1563
Oil on canvas
Musée du Louvre, Paris

486*660
True Color
62 Kb



Feast in the House of Simon
1560s
Oil on canvas, 315 x 451 cm
Galleria Sabauda, Turin

1441*1000
True Color
177 Kb



Feast in the House of Simon
1560s
Oil on canvas, 315 x 451 cm
Galleria Sabauda, Turin

1300*944
True Color
192 Kb



Feast in the House of Simon (detail)
1556-60
Oil on canvas
Galleria Sabauda, Turin

1034*1300
True Color
169 Kb



Feast in the House of Simon (detail)
1556-60
Oil on canvas
Galleria Sabauda, Turin

1065*1200
True Color
169 Kb



Feast in the House of Simon (detail)
1556-60
Oil on canvas
Galleria Sabauda, Turin

1000*1180
True Color
195 Kb



Feast in the House of Simon (detail)
1556-60
Oil on canvas
Galleria Sabauda, Turin

1300*867
True Color
194 Kb



Feast at the House of Simon
1567-70
Oil on canvas, 275 x 710 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

1321*500
True Color
115 Kb



Feast at the House of Simon (detail)
1567-70
Oil on canvas
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

1233*850
True Color
185 Kb



Feast at the House of Simon (detail)
1567-70
Oil on canvas
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

945*1400
True Color
191 Kb



Feast at the House of Simon (detail)
1567-70
Oil on canvas
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

1118*1000
True Color
149 Kb



Feast at the House of Simon (detail)
1567-70
Oil on canvas
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

820*1212
True Color
173 Kb



Feast at the House of Simon
1570-72
Oil on canvas, 454 x 874 cm
Musée National du Château, Versailles

1639*750
True Color
198 Kb



Marriage at Cana
1571-72
Oil on canvas, 207 x 457 cm
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden

1114*471
True Color
114 Kb



Marriage at Cana (detail)
1571-72
Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden

1076*950
True Color
192 Kb



Marriage at Cana (detail)
1571-72
Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden

1151*1009
True Color
189 Kb



Marriage at Cana (detail)
1571-72
Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden

950*1113
True Color
187 Kb



Feast in the House of Levi
1573
Oil on canvas, 555 x 1280 cm
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

1470*750
True Color
206 Kb



Feast in the House of Levi (detail)
1573
Oil on canvas
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

950*1259
True Color
216 Kb



Feast in the House of Levi (detail)
1573
Oil on canvas
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

892*1200
True Color
201 Kb



Feast in the House of Levi (detail)
1573
Oil on canvas
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

1000*1167
True Color
180 Kb



Feast in the House of Levi (detail)
1573
Oil on canvas
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

950*1107
True Color
176 Kb



Feast in the House of Levi (detail)
1573
Oil on canvas
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

900*1194
True Color
198 Kb



Feast in the House of Levi (detail)
1573
Oil on canvas
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

950*1174
True Color
171 Kb



Feast in the House of Levi (detail)
1573
Oil on canvas
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

1100*1305
True Color
228 Kb



Feast in the House of Levi (detail)
1573
Oil on canvas
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

1006*1102
True Color
170 Kb



Feast in the House of Levi (detail)
1573
Oil on canvas
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

993*900
True Color
140 Kb



Last Supper
c. 1585
Oil on canvas, 220 x 523 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

1650*683
True Color
142 Kb




Summary of paintings by Paolo Veronese
Religious themes
1540s | 1550s | 1560s | 1570s | 1580s
San Sebastiano | Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary
Great decorations
Banquet scenes | Villa Barbaro | Palazzo Ducale | Biblioteca Marciana
Mythological and allegorical themes
Historical and Old Testament themes
Portraits