The subject is identified
as Paolo Caliari Veronese (1746-1832)
by the inscription at the base of this portrait
bust. Veronese was an Italian Renaissance painter
and considered one of the great masters of the
Venetian school, creating frescoes, altarpieces,
ceiling paintings, enormous canvases and portraits.
This bust was created almost 200 years after Veronese’s
death, telling us something of his lasting reputation.
Portrayed in dark bronze, Paolo Caliari Veronese
is looking down. His head is tilted slightly forwards
pushing his chin towards his chest. His posture,
in combination with the deep frown lines carved
into his forehead and his inward-looking gaze,
makes him appear as if he is lost in contemplation.
The fact that he is wearing a stiff, high collared
and buttoned shirt emphasises his seriousness
and perhaps builds on the suggestion that he was
a man of intelligence and education.