On the footsteps of the genius: Raphael and Paolo Veronese by Thomas Dalla Costa
Raphael (Urbino, 1483-Rome, 1520) is unquestionably one of the most influential artists of all times. His art was vastly acclaimed by his contemporaries for the clarity of his forms, the ease of composition, his delicate handling, his rich and brilliant palette, and his skill in representing an ideal world of grace and perfection. Though he died prematurely, Raphael's example as a paragon of classicism dominated the academic tradition of European painting until the mid-19th century.
Paolo Veronese (Verona, 1528-Venice, 1588) was born after Raphael’s death in Verona, a city that was in the Venetian domain. Influenced by the works of Parmigianino, Raphael, and Michelangelo, his early works are elaborately composed, negotiating coequally light and space. Later, the art of Paolo Veronese has become emblematic of the splendours of Renaissance Venice, although one could argue his style is not quintessentially ‘Venetian’. His crowded yet expertly arranged compositions, combine elegant posture, eloquent gesture and classicising architectural backdrops, richness of detail and painterly affluence reminds those ones by Raphael. A talented draftsman, Veronese was often employed as a fresco painter, he occasionally designed architectural compositions, and lead a large and well organised workshop: these traits may suggest an even closer comparison between Veronese and the centre-Italian genius.
In this talk, Thomas Dalla Costa will highlight and discuss the numerous similarities between Veronese and Raphael, not only in terms of style and composition, but also in visual eloquence, graphic intelligence, and workshop practice.
This event is organized by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto in collaboration with Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, & Washington D.C.