The betrothal of St. Catherine, Paolo Veronese

The betrothal of St. Catherine, Paolo Veronese
The betrothal of St. Catherine, Paolo Veronese - 1

  • Posted by Paolo Veronese
  • Museum: Academy Gallery
  • Year: Around 1575

Overview of the painting :

The betrothal of St. Catherine is Paolo Veronese. Around 1575. Oil on canvas. 377×241

   The main altar image of the Church of St. Catherine in its structure is one of the most successful variations of the altar of Pesaro Titian from the church of Santa Maria Glorios dei Frari: the same diagonal, asymmetric composition thanks to the staircase leading to the throne of Our Lady in the left part of the picture. A pair of Corinthian columns, like pillars of faith, supports the arches of the divine temple on the sides of the throne. The brightness and saturation of the Veronese flavor reaches its peak here, rich red, blue, yellow and gold paints seem to glow from the inside.

   The scene captured by the painter is complex and dynamic. Saint Catherine kneels before the divine throne, on which Madonna sits with the Baby Jesus. One of the angels gives her right hand to the Baby so that he can put a wedding ring on her. Left Catherine holds at his chest as a sign of his faith and obedience. The cloud sky torn by light is clearly written, along it, in honor of the celebration of the betrothal, fellow travelers with a golden crown for the saint quickly descend. Angels at the edge of the clouds are watching the action, while others around the throne and at its foot set up tools and leafed notes, choosing what to do about this. The servant is ready to put Catherine in a golden mantle.

   Here Veronese, as in most of his compositions, skillfully combined a deeply religious plot, an intimate moment of faith and piety with the pompousness and splendor of action adopted in Venice.