Sunday, July 10, 2011

Venice Biennale: Not Only Biennale - Palazzo Grimani: Paolo Veronese - The Esther’s Stories Revealed.

Photograph by Manfredi Bellati

Palazzo Grimani: Paolo Veronese - The Esther’s Stories Revealed.  At the end of a long and complex restoration in the stunning setting of the Palazzo Grimani in Venice, until July 24, you can view the three Veronese paintings, Le Storie di Ester Rivelate. The exhibition offers the public, at exceptional eye level, the masterpieces by Veronese from the ceiling of the San Sebastiano Church the monumental work of Paolo Veronese. The paintings depict the Ripudio di Vasti, Ester Incoronata da Assuero and the Trionfo di Mardocheo, scenes taken from the Old Testament Book of Esther. This is a unique opportunity and a must for a closer look at the paintings, as at the conclusion of the exhibition the paintings will return permanently to their original location, on the ceiling, at about twelve feet high of the church. The restoration was made possible through the generosity of Save Venice Inc.
Above: The center panel of the ceiling of the San Sebastiano Church, The Coronation of Esther, the Hebrew heroin. The events of her life allude to the triumph of the faith on the heresy with an important anti protestant valence, inevitable in the years of the Council and its doctrinal and normative results.

 Photograph by Manfredi Bellati
Palazzo Grimani.  One of the rooms on the piano nobile of Palazzo Grimani.
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