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Portrait Paintings by Paolo Veronese

"Boy with a Greyhound" by Paolo Veronese

“Boy with a Greyhound” by Paolo Veronese

“Boy with a Greyhound” by Paolo Veronese is believed it to represent a young man from the Colleoni family of Bergamo, an Italian city northeast of Milan. The painting is dated to the 1570s and it echos Veronese’s illusionistic frescoes in Venetian villas. Veronese was expert in depicting portraits shown as though entering the space of the viewer through an open door.

Veronese has expertly caught the richness of the youth’s clothing, and the greyhound’s muscular anatomy, unfortunately, the sky, in this painting has lost most of its blue colour.

Boy with a Greyhound

  • Title:               Boy with a Greyhound
  • Artist:             Paolo Veronese
  • Created:         1570s
  • Media:            Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:   Height: 173.7 cm (68.3 ″); Width: 101.9 cm (40.1″)
  • Museum:        Metropolitan Museum of Art – MET

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Paolo Veronese - Portrait of a Man

“Portrait of a Man” by Veronese

“Portrait of a Man” by Paolo Veronese portrays a man leaning on the base of a structure with columns. In a niche between the columns is a marble sculpture of a draped figure, of which only the lower portion is visible. The identity of this man is a mystery; however, the clues in the painting may refer to the subject’s profession, perhaps that of a sculptor or architect.

Other clues include the carved reliefs, adorn the sides of the architectural base. The one at the right illustrates a classical hero in armour. The man’s formal black attire and sword may also imply military rank or knighthood. In the background at the lower left is the Venetian Basilica of San Marco, placed in an imaginary setting. The inclusion of the basilica likely alludes to the sitter’s association with the Venetian state.

At one point, scholars believed the painting might be a self-portrait, but such speculation remains unconfirmed.

Portrait of a Man

  • Title:              Portrait of a Man
  • Artist:             Paolo Veronese
  • Created:        1578
  • Media:            Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:  Height: 1,921 mm (75.6 ″); Width: 1,340 mm (52.7 ″)
  • Museum:         Getty Museum

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Paolo Veronese

Paolo Veronese was an Italian Renaissance painter, based in Venice, known for large-format history paintings of religion and mythology. His most famous works are narrative cycles, executed in a dramatic and colourful style, full of architectural settings and pageantry. His large paintings of biblical feasts were painted for the refectories of monasteries in Venice and Verona as well as palatial ceilings. Most of these works have remained in their original setting, and many of the greatest artists have long admired his work.

Paolo Veronese

Reflections

  • Which of these portraits is your favourite?

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“We painters use the same license as poets and madmen.”
– Paolo Veronese

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Photo Credit 1) Paolo Veronese [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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