Arts & Culture

The Consecration of Saint Nicholas

Paolo Veronese1562

The National Gallery, London
The National Gallery, London

On the eve of the election of the archbishop of Myra in Lycia (Asia Minor) in the 4th century AD, it was revealed to one of the bishops that a young man called Nicholas had been divinely chosen. When Saint Nicholas presented himself at the cathedral the following day he was elected and immediately installed as archbishop. The story is told in 'The Golden Legend'. Veronese has shown the moment of Nicholas's recognition – or subsequent consecration – with an angel above bringing his bishop's stole, crozier and mitre. The saint humbly obeys. In 1087 Saint Nicholas's remains were translated to Bari.

This work was painted for the altar of Saint Nicholas in S. Benedetto Po, near Mantua, where it was probably installed in 1562.

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  • 제목: The Consecration of Saint Nicholas
  • 제작자: Paolo Veronese
  • 만든 날짜: 1562
  • 실제 크기: w1753 x h2865 cm
  • School: Italian
  • More Info: More Artist Information
  • Inventory number: NG26
  • Artist Biography: Paolo Caliari was born in Verona – hence 'Veronese' – and moved to Venice in the early 1550s, where he became one of the leading painters of the 16th century. He was trained in Verona by the local painter Antonio Badile, whose daughter he married in 1566. In Venice the colouring of Titian influenced him deeply. Tintoretto was also an influence, and an attraction to Mannerism shows in works such as 'The Consecration of Saint Nicholas'. However, Veronese went on to develop his own more decorative style. In 1573 the Inquisition took exception to some irreverent detail in a Last Supper by Veronese. In a fascinating exchange with the Inquisitors he defended the painter's right to 'take the same licence as poets and jesters take'. He eventually changed the title of the picture to 'Supper in the House of Levi', rather than change the picture itself. Throughout the 1560s and 70s Veronese produced mythological pictures for an international clientele, including two paintings bought for Philip IV by Velázquez on one of his Italian visits. Veronese ran a large workshop, assisted by his brother Benedetto and his sons Carlo and Gabriel. They carried on his studio after his death.
  • Acquisition Credit: Presented by the Governors of the British Institution, 1826
  • 종류: Painting
  • 외부 링크: The National Gallery, London
  • 재료: Oil on canvas

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