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Christ Preaching in the Temple

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Christ Preaching in the Temple


Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari) (Italian, 1528 - 1588)




Italy (Place Created)




Pen and brown ink

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7.8 × 17.5 cm (3 1/16 × 6 7/8 in.)

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Object Description

Christ sits on a raised pedestal and gestures eloquently to his apostles seated below him. Paolo Veronese produced this preliminary sketch as he began to work out his first thoughts for the complex final composition of a painting. He left out the background, concentrating instead on the arrangement of the seated figures, positioned to illustrate different attitudes of listening and contemplation.

Veronese swiftly sketched the figures, outlining only the basic forms and used parallel hatching to suggest areas of shadow, texture, and depth. He used a simple oval form bisected by two lines to suggest the head, eyes, and mouth of Christ and his disciples and did not even bother to draw in their clothing.

Drawings from New York Collections: The Italian Renaissance (November 8, 1965 to January 9, 1966)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), November 8, 1965 to January 9, 1966
Early Venetian Drawings from Private Collections and the Fogg (February to April 1983)
  • Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University (Cambridge), February to April 1983
The Art of Paolo Veronese: 1528 - 1588 (November 13, 1988 to February 20, 1989)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), November 13, 1988 to February 20, 1989
Jonathan Richardson Senior as a Collector of Drawings (November 14, 1995 to January 28, 1996)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), November 14, 1995 to January 28, 1996
Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop in Renaissance Venice (December 7, 2012 to April 14, 2013)
  • The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota), December 7, 2012 to April 14, 2013
Paolo Veronese: The Illusion of Reality (July 5 to October 5, 2014)
  • Palazzo della Gran Guardia (Verona), July 5 to October 5, 2014