- Museum number
Allegory of the Victory of Lepanto; Doge Sebastiano Venier kneeling before an allegorical figure of Faith holding a chalice and of Venice with a lion, St Mark seated and holding a book on clouds above
Grey and white oil paint on several pieces of conjoined paper with red preparation
- Production date
- 1577 (circa)
Height: 299 millimetres
Width: 470 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- A study for 'Doge Sebastiano Venier's thanksgiving for the Victory at Lepanto' in the Sala del Collegio in the Palazzo Ducale, Venice (Pignatti, II, fig. 634), commissioned in the period between the election of Venier (1577) and his death in 1578. The lower half of the painting is substantially the same as the composition studied here, although with the substitution of Saint Justina rather than an allegorical figure of Venice in the centre. The figures in the upper part were substantially altered: with Christ, rather than Saint Mark, seated on clouds surrounded by angels and putti.
Lit.: K. Parker, "Old Master Drawings", March 1930, pp. 66-7; H. Tietze and E. Tietze-Conrat, 'Drawings of the Venetian Painters in the 15th and 16th Centuries', New York, 1944, no. 2092, p. 345, pl.CLVII, 3; S. Sinding-Larsen, 'The changes in iconography and composition in Veronese's 'Allegory of the Battle of Lepanto' in the Doge's Palace', "Journal of the Warburg and Courtuald Institute", 19, 1956, pp. 298-301; idem, 'Christ in the Council Hall, Studies in the Religious Iconography of the Venetian Republic', "Institutum Romanum Norvegiae Acta ad Archaelogiam et Artium Historiam Pertinentia", 5, 1974, pp. 96-8; T. Pignatti, 'Veronese', Venice, 1976, I, under no. 283, II, fig. 635; R. Cocke, 'Veronese's Drawings', London, 1984, no. 87, p. 207; W.R. Rearick, in exhib. cat., Pordenone, San Francesco, 'Dal Pordenone a Palma Giovane', 2000, no. 45 (with further literature)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1972, BM, 'The Art of Drawing', no. 142
1975/6 Aug-Jan, Hayward, 'Palladio', no. 281
1980 Jul-Oct, Assessorato alla Cultura, Venice
2000 Oct-Dec, Pordenone, San Francesco, 'Pordenone to Palma..'
2016-17, Oct-Jan, Suzhou, 'Italian Renaissance Drawings', no. 25.
2019 11 Apr-30 Jun, Macau Museum of Art, Macau, 'Italian Renaissance Drawings'
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Battle of Lepanto
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