Paolo Veronese: Feast at the House of Levi or The Last Supper? with Nadia Mazzon - Context Travel

Paolo Veronese: Feast at the House of Levi or The Last Supper? with Nadia Mazzon


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In July 1573 the Venetian Inquisition accused artist Paolo Veronese of having painted a representation of The Last Supper that was too secular. The painting he had just completed for the Refectory Room of the Venetian Dominican convent of Santi Giovanni e Paolo was under scrutiny, as was the painter himself. New research takes us back in time, to the Venice of the fourteenth century, after the Council of Trent, to find out what message was hidden in this large canvas.

Paolo Veronese, one of the Masters of the Venetian Renaissance, is most well known for his painting, the so-called Feast at the House of Levi, completed by the artist by April 1573. The work of art was commissioned by the friars of the Dominican convent of the Santi Giovanni and Paolo, to replace a Last Supper painted by Titian which had been destroyed by a fire a few years before.

Veronese's Feast at the House of Levi has always been praised for its undeniable quality by artists and art historians in the past centuries; however it acquired importance after the discovery, in the nineteenth century, of documents referring to the trial by the Inquisition Veronese had to face: he was accused of having painted a canvas which was not religious enough, too secular. As a consequence of all this, the critics of the twentieth century started to consider Veronese a controversial artist, dangerously close to Protestantism, even though biographies and other texts concerning the artist had never mentioned the trial or any repercussion of it on his career. What is really represented in the so-called Feast at the House of Levi?

Led by Nadia Mazzon, an expert on Venetian art history, this seminar offers a new interpretation of Veronese's masterpiece, connected to the fascinating historical and religious context of Venice after the end of the Council of Trent; it also reveals facts about the influential Dominican convent of the Santi Giovanni e Paolo and its relationship with Rome and the Vatican.

Born and raised in Venice, Nadia Mazzon has degrees in Italian Literature and History of Art from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. Following her studies, she lived for a period in Toulouse (France), where she worked for the local Museum of Contemporary Art Les Abattoirs. She has also worked for an Italian institution dealing with the preservation of the local heritage, as well as collaborated with the on-line magazine “Engramma”. She has been an official Tourist Guide of Venice since 2009.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Extremely interesting exploration of this enigmatic painting. Highly recommended.

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Extremely interesting exploration of this enigmatic painting. Highly recommended.