Paolo Veronese is brought back to his splendor, in Venice
After almost a decade, the renovation of the organ choir in San Sebastiano, Venice that had begun in 2007 has been successfully completed.
In the church where Paolo Caliari, il Veronese (1528-1588) is buried – and where he worked for so many years painting and decorating most of the 16th-century building’s interior – the nave was given a more solid structure and three large canvases and a few frescoes by the famous Venetian artist were restored. The project was funded by “Save Venice”, an American not-for-profit association based in New York, which has collected over 25 million dollars since 1971 for the conservation of the beautiful City on the Lagoon’s artistic heritage.
Today, the organ choir’s panels decorated by Veronese between 1558 and 1560 are back to their original splendor. They represent scenes from the Gospel: the “Presentation of Jesus at the Temple” (when the doors are closed) and “The miracle of the Bethesda Pool” (when they are open).