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

Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia

Oil on canvas, 365 x 147 cm
Palazzo Ducale, Venice

This painting is on the ceiling of the Sala del Consiglio dei Dieci in the Palazzo Ducale.

The goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter, is (like the personification of Venetia) shown in sharp bottom view. The gilt framework of the ceiling acts as the base of the composition, the frame being linked with the main central picture by a narrow band.

Gold crowns, jewels, and money cascade onto Venice, with the doge's hat and a plain olive wreath. The vocation to power and the vocation to peace are seen as two sides of the same coin.

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