The Shakespeare of Painting

If you can’t find things to look at and admire in Veronese’s “The Family of Darius Being Presented to Alexander the Great ”, you may be immune to great painting . The story is in Plutarch. Alexander has just defeated the Persian King Darius’ in battle and captured his family—the queen mother, the queen, and his daughters—who are being presented to him. See what Veronese thinks a beautiful queen should look like; and young princesses. See how he imagines the young Alexander the Great and his soldiers. See how THEY gawk at the royal family. Notice the red armor Alexander is wearing and the all the luxury of a Venetian palace of Veronese’s day. But most of all, study Veronese’s people. His painted characters are as varied and as clear and memorable as Shakespeare’s.

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