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May 18 through September 23, 2012

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Paolo Veronese (1528–1588)
Studies for The Finding of Moses, ca. 1580
Pen and brown ink, brown wash
6 3/4 x 7 3/8 inches (171 x 186 mm.)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; IV, 81

Unlike Titian and Tintoretto—the other members of the triumvirate of extraordinary artists active in Venice during the second half of the sixteenth century—Veronese most commonly drew rough sketches with a fine pen, thin wash, and a light touch, combining several ideas for groups of figures on a single sheet.

The present drawing documents the artist's various ideas for his composition of the Finding of Moses, which he painted in several versions, all thought to date from the 1580s.


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Paolo Veronese (Verona 1528–1588 Venice)
Group of Figures for a Ceiling Decoration, 1579–82
Black chalk, brown wash, heightened with wet white chalk
Inscribed at lower right, in pen and brown ink, di Paolo V.
Purchased as the gift of the Fellows with the special assistance of Mrs. Gerrit P. Van de Bovenkamp, 1981




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Biblia
Printed on vellum by Vindelinus de Spira in Venice, 1 August 1471
Translated into Italian by Niccolò Malermi.
Opening, Volume 1: Creation of Eve
Purchased in 1929; PML 26983

Most bibles were written or published in Latin. This copy, printed by Vindelinus de Spira, is in Italian. It is one of the earliest bibles published in the vernacular.

Gold highlights in The Creation of Eve, shown at the top of the page, create the impression of a sun-drenched landscape. Although the miniatures in both volumes of this bible may be attributed to the Master of the Putti, the two books originally may not have belonged together. This one may have belonged to the Cornaro family of Venice (their shield is covered by a later coat of arms), whereas the second volume displays the arms of the Macigni family.

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