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

Venice, Hercules, and Ceres (detail)

1575
Oil on canvas
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

Despite considerable damage, particularly to the sky, the quality of the figures, the subtly luminous colours, the expert illusionism, and the beauty of the nude figures (especially Ceres, an image that would later influence Tiepolo) combine to transform the allegory into one of Veronese's greatest works.