Four Allegories by Veronese: A Rediscovery and a Reunion

Ahmanson Building, Level 2
March 8, 2015–September 7, 2015

The four paintings in this installation constitute a major achievement for artist Paolo Veronese. Three feature allegories of navigation—a subject particularly relevant to Venice, a city of merchants and traders who depended on ancient but precise technology to traverse the Mediterranean. The fourth painting features an allegory of sculpture, which may seem unexpected, but in fact reflects the rich and complex culture of Veronese’s time, when art and science, literature, mathematics, architecture, and painting all went hand in hand.

In 2014, the two LACMA paintings traveled to London to be included in an exhibition at the National Gallery. An exciting discovery was made at the same time: the canvases had a matching set, belonging to the Region of Piedmont in Italy. In need of conservation, the matching set could not be included in the London exhibition, but they were eventually shown alongside the LACMA paintings, first in Vicenza, and then in Turin. This exhibition presents a unique opportunity to see the four paintings reunited in Los Angeles.

This exhibition is organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and made possible by The Ahmanson Foundation. The organizers are grateful for the exceptional loans from La Venaria Reale Consorzio di Valorizzazione Culturale, Turin.

This exhibition is included in General Admission.
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Image: Allegory of Navigation with a Cross-Staff: Averroës, Paolo Caliari Veronese (Italy, Venice, 1528-1588), Oil on canvas, Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation.