Incoronazione della Vergine

Coronation of the Virgin

Paolo Caliari detto Paolo Veronese

Author
Paolo Caliari detto Paolo Veronese
Verona, 1528 - Venezia, 1588
Title
Coronation of the Virgin
Catalogue
264
Date
1583
Support
Canvas, 405 x 219 cm
Provenance
Venice, church of Ognissanti; held by museum since 1812
Hall
Hall X

How was Veronese able to bring together more than fifty figures in the relatively small space of this canvas? To celebrate All Saint’s Day (Ognissanti), to which the church was dedicated, Veronese arranged prophets, apostles, evangelists, saints, and Fathers of the Church in decreasing semicircles hovering above the clouds. Up above, the Virgin is crowned and welcomed into Heaven by the Trinity. Her humility was an example for the Cassinese nuns, to whom the church belonged.