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Venus and Mars United by Love, 1570s

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Paolo Veronese (Italian, 1528-1588). Venus and Mars United by Love, 1570s. Oil on canvas. John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1910.

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Milk pours forth from the right breast of Venus (the goddess of love) as the winged Cupid ties her leg to that of Mars (the god of war), suggesting the civilizing power of love in this complex allegory.

Paolo Veronese (1528-1588) was born Paolo Cagliari in Verona, Italy. Trained in the local conservative style of painting by Antonio Badile, he moved to Venice in 1553. Veronese's harmonious use of bold and contrasting colors, classical backgrounds and depictions of lavish costumes and jewelry in his Mannerist compositions set his often theatrical compositions apart from those of Titian (ca. 1490-1576) and Tintoretto (1519-1594), his Venetian contemporaries. The artist's paintings of historical, mythological and religious subjects as well as the everyday life of the Venetian nobility feature foreshortened massive figures in unconventional poses, a characteristic reminiscent of Michelangelo during the same period.

The Frick Collection's unique presentation of Veronese's Allegories... unites five of the painter's large-scale paintings from three American museums for the first time.

About the catalogue:

Salomon, Xaxier F. Veronese's Allegories: Virtue, Love,
and Exploration in Renaissance Venice
(exh. cat.).
New York: The Frick Collection, 2006.

This 56-page paperback volume is a concise introduction to Veronese and the exhibition's five allegorical paintings.

"Veronese's Allegories: Virtue, Love, and Exploration in Renaissance Venice" is on view from April 11 through July 16, 2006 at The Frick Collection, 1 East 70 Street, New York, NY 10021-4967 (Telephone: 212-288-0700; Website: www.frick.org). The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for senior citizens (62 years of age and over), $5.00 for students and pay as you wish on Sunday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, which includes the ArtPhone recorded tour of the museum. Children ages 10 to 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

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From your Guide: Stan Parchin, Senior Correspondent for Museums and Special Exhibitions, is a specialist in ancient, late-medieval and Renaissance art and history, and a regular contributor to About Art History. You may read all of his Special Exhibition and Catalogue Reviews here.
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