(b Verona, 1528; d Venice, April 19, 1588).
Italian painter and draughtsman. With Titian and Tintoretto he makes up the triumvirate of great painters of the late Renaissance in Venice. He is known as a supreme colourist and for his illusionistic decorations in both fresco and oil. His large paintings of biblical feasts executed for the refectories of monasteries in Venice and Verona are especially celebrated. He also produced many altarpieces, history and mythological paintings, and portraits. His compositional sketches in pen, ink, and wash, figure studies in chalk, and chiaroscuro modelli and ricordi form a significant body of drawings. He headed a family workshop that remained active after his death (see Caliari family; for Veronese’s adoption of this name see §III below).
Paolo was the son of Gabriele, a stonecutter (whose father was also a stonecutter, from Lombardy), and Caterina, natural daughter of a young Antonio Caliari (Brugnoli, 2000). Borghini and Ridolfi named Antonio Badile III as Veronese’s master, and ...