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.



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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



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