The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, presents a major exhibition of the work of Paolo Veronese (1528–1588), a master of Venetian Renaissance painting.

The first comprehensive exhibition of Veronese’s work in North America in over two decades, Paolo Veronese: A Master and His Workshop in Renaissance Venice brings together more than 50 of the artist’s finest paintings and drawings from North American museums and private collections. Presenting imposing altarpieces and smaller religious paintings for private

devotion or collectors, striking portraits, depictions of sensual narratives drawn from the classical tradition, and majestic allegories glorifying the Venetian state, the exhibition will introduce the range of Veronese’s art, in which the opulence and splendor of Renaissance Venice comes to life.

Veronese was also a highly accomplished draughtsman, and this exhibition will provide audiences a rare glimpse into his work on paper, from gestural sketches to highly-finished chiaroscuro sheets. The Ringling will be the sole venue for Paolo Veronese, which will be on view from through April 14, 2013 in the Museum’s Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing Wing.

One of the exhibition’s highlights is the Ringling’s own work, Rest on the Flight into Egypt (ca. 1572),one of only two complete Veronese altarpieces in North America and the first Old Master painting acquired in 1925 by the Museum’s founder, John Ringling. The exhibition features two other works from the Ringling’s collection: Portrait of Francesco Franceschini (1551), the artist’s first known surviving, full-standing portrait, painted when Veronese was just 23 years old, and a painting John Ringling bought as a Veronese, A Family Group(ca. 1565), now understood to be the work of his talented pupil Giovanni Antonio Fasolo.