Paolo Veronese, ‘Allegory of Navigation with an Astrolabe: Ptolemy’, 1557, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

In the collection of European Painting and Sculpture at LACMA.

Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation (M.74.99.1)

Painting, Oil on canvas, 80 1/2 x 46 in. (204.50 x 116.80 cm); framed: 91 3/4 x 56 1/4 x 3 in. (233.05 x 142.88 x 7.62 cm); sight: 80 x 44 3/8 in. (203.2 x 112.71 cm)

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About Paolo Veronese

Paolo Caliari Veronese is considered one of the preeminent representatives of the Venetian School of Painting at the height of the Italian Renaissance. Under the tutelage of Antonio Badile, he studied the works of Giulio Romano, Raphael, Parmigianino, and Michelangelo. He was tremendously influenced by Mannerist art, and became known for not only his mastery of color but also his complex multi-figure compositions and intricate depictions of architecture. Veronese was a strong influence for later generations of Italian painters, including Sebastiano Ricci and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. He also was a seminal figure for 19th-century French painters across a range of disparate artistic movements, from Eugène Delacroix to Paul Cézanne. Delacroix said that what distinguished Veronese from some of his peers was that he had no “pretensions to making a masterpiece of each picture” and was “the one man who achieves clarity without big contrasts.”

Italian, 1528-1588, Verona, Italy, based in Venice, Italy