Paolo Veronese Piety and Display in an Age of Religious Reform
This title was first published in 2001: Paolo Veronese: Piety and Display in an Age of Religious Reform examines the large body of religious paintings with which Veronese (1528 -1588) played a crucial role in shaping Venetian piety. With 117 illustrations (26 in colour) Richard Cocke sets Veronese’s work into context, arguing his mastery of narrative has long been neglected, largely as a result of Sir Joshua Reynolds's criticism in his Discourses. The new expressiveness of Veronese’s work in his final decade is linked with the decrees of the Council of Trent, which resulted in an enhanced display of paintings in Venetian palaces during the 1570s, matched by the renewed decorative schemes in the city’s churches.
'This is a really beautiful book of very high quality both in its presentation and content. ...a wonderful reference book which the lecturer can consult in order to include biblical paintings in his or her module that ask questions of the biblical text or offer a different perspective on the life and person of Christ. But it is also a fascinating book for the individual to read. It is not overly technical and the beauty and colour of the plates and Cocke's explanation of them are really very moving ... an outstanding book...'' Scripture Bulletin 'Cocke's monograph is extremely user-friendly, and offers a solidly argued introduction to this most lavish of Venetian artists...' The Art Book 'Cocke's book is a fine and much needed addition to Renaissance scholarship.' Sara Nair James, Sixteenth Century Journal '... the book will be an important departure point for further research by students and scholars... a welcome addition to Venetian studies and Renaissance art history... Cocke's accessible volume is indeed a tribute to Veronese.' Bronwen M. Wilson, Renaissance Quarterly '... a valuable contribution to the existing body of literature on Veronese. [...] Cocke's publication has much to offer both an uninitiated and a scholarly audience.' Aleksandra Koutny, Religion and the Arts