Wedding party with Jesus, next to Italian palazzo
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Veronese: The Cuccina Cycle. The Restored Masterpiece

Paolo Caliari, called Veronese (1528–1588), ranks alongside Titian and Tintoretto as one of the most important representatives of Venetian Renaissance painting. The Cuccina Cycle, painted in about 1571, is one of Veronese’s major works.

  • DATES 09/03/2018—03/06/2018
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[Translate to English:] Cuccina

The cycle is named after the family who commissioned it, one of the richest families in Venice, and consists of four exceptionally large paintings: The Adoration of the Magi, The Wedding at Cana, The Bearing of the Cross and The Madonna of the Cuccina Family.

[Translate to English:] Slider Veronese

[Translate to English:] der Cuccina-Zyklus

Following thorough-going restoration over a period of four years, it is now possible to appreciate once again Veronese’s outstanding artistic skill: the brilliance of the colours, the artist’s free brushwork, the intensity of the composition; in short, the fascinating sensuality and vivid narrative character of these paintings. The exhibition provides insights into the restoration process and the scientific analyses carried out. Particular attention is paid to the paints used by Veronese, including the expensive Mexican cochineal. X-ray and infra-red images make it possible to investigate what is beneath the surface of the painting and reveal the painting processes employed by the artist.

through the faces of two women runs a stripe of dark-yellow varnish
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Veronese, The Madonna of the Cuccina family, c. 1571 Oil on canvas, 167 x 416 cm, Gal. No. 224, Detail, removing the varnish

[Translate to English:] Ausstellung des Cuccina-Zyklus

Thanks to national and international loans, the exhibition is able to elucidate the Cuccina Cycle and its restoration from a number of different perspectives. For example, this is the first time that the only two surviving studies produced by Veronese in preparation for the Cuccina Cycle have been reunited with the paintings. Another focus of attention is the high quality and sumptuous texture of the garments worn by the figures in the paintings. Examples of works by Titian and Veronese illustrate the high standard of Venetian portrait painting. In addition, the history of the Cuccina Cycle, which quickly won fame, is illuminated through drawings and prints.

a horn blowing boy
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Veronese, The Bearing of the Cross, c. 1571 Oil on canvas, 166 x 414 cm, Gal. No. 227, Detail

[Translate to English:] Cuccina-Zyklus

An interactive educational display system and Augmented Reality developed by students of the Department of Media Design at Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), invites visitors to make further discoveries for themselves. For example: Two videos, kindly provided to us by Michele Vello and his team, show the individual components of Zuanna and Antonio Cuccina’s clothing.

[Translate to English:] Hochzeit zu Kana

The Cuccina family in front of the Virgin and Child
© SKD, Foto: Herbert Boswank
Veronese, The Madonna of the Cuccina family, c. 1571 Oil on canvas, 167 x 416 cm, Gal. No. 224

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