Paolo Caliari, called VERONESE

Verona 1528 - Venice 1588


Paolo Veronese has been aptly described the scholar James Byam Shaw as ‘the most distinguished and influential draughtsman of the sixteenth century in Venice – more distinguished as a draughtsman than Titian or Tintoretto or Bassano, and one whose influence spread, through the drawings of Palma Giovane, of Sebastiano Ricci, even of Thornhill in England, over more than a century’. His drawings have always been admired by collectors and connoisseurs, although only between 150 and 200 sheets by or reasonably attributed to the artist are known today, from a career that lasted some forty years.