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Devotional confraternities (scuole) in Renaissance Venice
Devotional confraternities (scuole) in Renaissance Venice

Brotherhoods lent stability to religious and civic life. These wealthy institutions also commissioned paintings.

Titian and Jacopo Palma il Giovane, <em>Pietà</em>
Titian and Jacopo Palma il Giovane, Pietà

This personal image was destined for Titian’s tomb, but he may also appear in it as St. Jerome.

Paolo Veronese, <em>Feast in the House of Levi</em>
Paolo Veronese, Feast in the House of Levi

Veronese described himself as a painter of figures. Judging by the throng depicted here, he clearly enjoyed it.

Giovanni Bellini, <em>San Giobbe Altarpiece</em>
Giovanni Bellini, San Giobbe Altarpiece

With its decorative marble and golden light, this space looks a lot like San Marco. Shall we? St. Francis beckons.

Jacopo Tintoretto, <em>The Miracle of the Slave</em>
Jacopo Tintoretto, The Miracle of the Slave

This painting was once criticized for its loose, open brushwork—a hallmark of Tintoretto’s style we now admire.

Giorgione, <em>The Tempest</em>
Giorgione, The Tempest

In the distance, lightning strikes. What does it mean? Poetic and evocative, this painting invites interpretation.

Transcript of the trial of Veronese
Transcript of the trial of Veronese

Asked to explain his art to the Inquisition, Veronese claimed that painters, like madmen, enjoyed poetic license.