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Ringling Organizes America's First Comprehensive Veronese Exhibition in Two Decades

Sarasota, Fla. – May 11, 2012 The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art presents the first comprehensive art exhibition in America in more than two decades devoted to Paolo Veronese (1528–1588), one of the giants of Venetian Renaissance painting. Titled Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop in Renaissance Venice the exhibition brings together many of his finest paintings and drawings from North American collections, well as a group of prints after major works. The exhibition runs Dec. 6, 2012 through April 14, 2013 in the Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing Wing of the Ringling Museum of Art.

“One of the most impressive paintings by Veronese in America is the Ringling’s Rest on the Flight into Egypt,” said Steven High, executive director of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. “It was the first Old Master painting acquired by John Ringling for his art museum here in Sarasota. In recent years, the Ringling Museum has made a concerted effort to organize important exhibitions based on prominent works in its European collection.  The Ringling’s Paolo Veronese exhibition is the culmination of these efforts. The show introduces to new audiences the broad spectrum of Veronese as a painter and draughtsman, as well as makes a major contribution to the study of the artist. The works on view come from museums and private collections around the country.”

Dr. Virginia Brilliant, the Ringling Museum’s associate curator of European Art and the exhibition’s lead curator, added, “This exhibition sheds light on Veronese as a masterful, deeply empathetic storyteller and narrative painter whose works were often iconographically complex and invested with rich layers of meaning.”

Not since the last major Veronese exhibition took place at the National Gallery of Art in Washington in 1988 have audiences in America been able to experience his remarkable versatility and artistic practice.

Conceived and organized by Dr. Brilliant in cooperation with Frederick Ilchman, the exhibition highlights Veronese’s artistic process, technical discoveries, and his rich and varied artistic production. Thematically arranged, the exhibition captures Veronese’s treatment of scared subjects from the Bible and the lives of the saints, secular subjects in the classical tradition, portraiture, and engravings and etchings after Veronese.  It features imposing altarpieces, religious paintings made for private devotion or for collectors, grand portraits, and sensual episodes drawn from the classical tradition, sketches and finished chiaroscuro sheets. 

Other recent European Art exhibitions by the Ringling have included, The Triumph of Marriage: Painted Cassoni of the Renaissance (2008); Venice in the Age of Canaletto (2009 –10), and Gothic Art in the Gilded Age: Medieval and Renaissance Treasures in the Gavet-Vanderbilt-Ringling Collection (2009–10).


Coinciding with the exhibition, the Ringling hosts a series of Gallery Walk and Talks by engaging scholars to introduce different aspects of Renaissance Venice to general audiences. A scholarly symposium/study day is also planned.  Catalogues, programs, and educational components, including family guides and learning galleries support the exhibition. The exhibition catalogue published by Scala Publishers Ltd., contains new scholarly perspectives, including contributions from established and emerging scholars, curators, conservators, and academic art historians. The catalogue is available in the Museum Store. 

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