Wolves worship, Paolo Veronese, 1573
- Posted by Paolo Veronese
- Museum: National Gallery (London)
- Year: 1573
Overview of the painting :
Wolves worship – Paolo Veronese. 1573. Oil on canvas. Z55.6xZ20
Three Magi who appeared from the East, following the guiding star, found Maria with the Baby in Bethlehem. In the Renaissance, artists and Veronese in particular often painted the house in which the Virgin Mary gave birth. This house looks like a dilapidated building and symbolizes the Old Testament. Well, Christ appeared on the earth to replace it with the New Testament. The picture shows that this “house” is attached to the ruins of a majestic building in a classic style with a triumphal arch in the background – an indication of Rome. In the foreground are the Magi with a retinue. In addition to the evangelical characters, Veronese, as usual, introduces many other participants into the scene, turning in its style the sublime act of worship of the Infant (that is, recognition of His Divine nature) into a magnificent festival.
The diagonal that dominates in the picture, which forms a stream of light pouring from heaven with the figures of angels on it, “is withdrawn” by another, drawn at right angles to this beam – from the figures of the Magi. Madonna and Baby are at the intersection of lines – a wonderful and unique compositional solution!
The work is dated, Roman numerals are displayed at the lower stage of the stairs (below to the right). It was written for the church of San Silvestro in Venice and remained there until it was rebuilt in the 19th century. “The worship of the Magi” is not an altar image, the picture hung on the wall of Nefa next to the altar of the brotherhood of St. Joseph.