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Churches >  Church of San Sebastiano

Author: Paolo Caliari known as Veronese
Century: XVI°
DATE: 1581  POSITION: right wall - fourth altar (on map n°8) MEASUREMENT: 260x125 cm  METHOD: oil painting        

First mentioned by Sansovino (1581) in the Garzoni family chapel, as a work by Veronese and Ridolfi (1648), that he dated after the paintings concerning the martyrdom of St Sebastian dated in 1565.

Before the restoration in 1965, the painting had been poorly conserved, to the point that it seemed falsified due to many 18th and 19th century interventions and by the excessive repainting; thus resulting in, numerous conservation scholars to question the degree of authenticity. The resotration, however revealed a top quality work, and the dating was precisely as appeared to be around the 18th century, due to the stylistic similarities compared with works from that epoch (Pignatti).

"On the stunningly simple Crucifixion altar - the wooden cross literally crosses over the fainted Holy Mary's womb, who thus becomes the mother of the cross, and the direct path to redemption" Agusto Gentili, Veronese in the church of San Sebastiano, Marsilio Editori, Venice, 2005
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