Sermon of John the Baptist, Paolo Veronese
- Posted by Paolo Veronese
- Museum: Borghese Gallery
- Year: Around 1562
Overview of the painting :
The sermon of John the Baptist is Paolo Veronese. Around 1562. Oil on canvas. 208×140
The Venetian painter Veronese (1528-1588) loved to depict multi-figure scenes bright in color, which are filled with vitality.
John in the picture expressively indicates a distance. People around them perceive the words of the prophet differently: someone is just comprehending what was said, others with curiosity turned to where he extended his hand. And there, in the distance, the Savior rises to the hill. A familiar, thickened composition for Veronese brings impatience to the image of what is happening, but the figures saturated the part of the picture where John the Baptist and witnesses of the event are, and the second depicts only Christ. Thus, Veronese directly expressed here the allegorical meaning of the gospel words that God must be freed.