Lines and Colors art blog

Adoration of the Magi, Paolo Veronese
Adoration of the Magi (detail), Adoration of the Shepherds, Paolo Veronese

Paolo Veronese: Adoration of the Magi and Adoration of the Shepherds.

Two beautiful paintings by 16th century master Paolo Veronese, though the kings seem to get a lot more attention here than the shepherds (much as in life, I suppose).

Veronese did several paintings of the adorations; these are both from the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo), Venice, Italy

I’m always a little taken aback, in paintings like this, by the putti (angel babies) who are represented as disembodied flying heads. I think it has something to do with the hierarchy of angel types, but still…