Gemälde der Hochzeit zu Kana
© SKD, Foto: Herbert Boswank
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Veronese: The Cuccina Cycle

The Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister holds an extensive collection of paintings by Paolo Caliari, called Veronese (1528–1588). Among them is one of the masterpieces of the Venetian painter: the so-called Cuccina Cycle.

  • DATES 09/03/2018—03/06/2018

Cuccina

It was presumably in about 1571 that Veronese was commissioned by the Venetian merchant family Cuccina to produce a series of four large-format oil paintings depicting The Madonna with the Cuccina Family, The Adoration of the Magi, The Wedding at Cana and The Bearing of the Cross. The paintings, which feature numerous figures, are outstanding for their minute attention to detail, realistic style, festive atmosphere and splendid colours.

Cuccina-Zyklus

The Cuccina Cycle already attracted attention at an early stage: in 1652 Pietro da Cortona, writing in his “Trattato della pittura e scultura. Uso et abuso loro”, which he produced in collaboration with Giovanni Domenico Ottonelli, said of the cupbearer in The Wedding at Cana that this figure, even taken alone, “deserves to be called a great and extraordinary wonder of art”. After Francesco Barberini and King Charles I of England had already expressed interest in the Veronese cycle in the first third of the 17th century, it came into the possession of the Duke of Modena, Francesco I d’Este, in 1645. About 100 years later, in 1746, it was finally purchased for the Dresden Gemäldegalerie by the Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, August III, along with 96 other masterpieces from the collection of the House of Este.

im Vordergrund im orangefarbenen Gewand ein Herr den Weinkelch hebend, im Hintergrund Jesus mit Heiligenkranz
© SKD, Foto: Herbert Boswank
Veronese, Die Hochzeit zu Kana, um 1571 Öl auf Leinwand, 207 x 457 cm, Gal.-Nr. 226, Detail: Jesus verwandelt Wasser in Wein

Cuccina-Zyklus

Now that extensive restoration work on the paintings has been completed this summer, the Cuccina Cycle will be displayed in a cabinet exhibition entitled Veronese: The Cuccina Cycle. As part of the series “The Restored Masterpiece”, this exhibition will celebrate the completion of a very complex restoration project involving a great deal of in-depth research. For the first time in centuries, viewers will again be able to appreciate the incredibly intensive colours of the paintings and admire the artist’s free brushwork. The amazing sensuality of the painting, the beautiful brilliance of the colours, the exceptional quality of the painted drapery and the lifelike vividness of the individual figures with their personal characters will be visible again after nearly 450 years.

Jesus, Maria, das Brautpaar, Hochzeitsgäste, Musiker und Diener sitzen um einen Tisch
© SKD, Foto: Herbert Boswank
Veronese, Die Hochzeit zu Kana, um 1571 Öl auf Leinwand, 207 x 457 cm, Gal.-Nr. 226, Detail: Jesus, Maria, das Brautpaar, Hochzeitsgäste, Musiker und Diener

Cuccina-Zyklus

In this exhibition, we will demonstrate to both the general public and visiting specialists not only the restoration process itself and the findings that have resulted from the various scientific procedures, but also the results of art-historical research concerning the cycle. Together with the Cuccina Cycle, paintings by Veronese and Titian will deliver a fascinating insight into the Venetian school of painting at the time. They will be complemented by drawings and prints from the holdings of the Kupferstich-Kabinett (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, SKD) as well as national and international loans. Visitors will be able to experience the quality and sumptuous texture of the garments depicted in the paintings through the presentation of costumes from the Rüstkammer (SKD) along with historic velvets and silk fabrics from the Kunstgewerbemuseum (SKD).

The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue (published by Sandstein Verlag Dresden) including numerous illustrations.

Hochzeit zu Kana

Gemälde der Hochzeit zu Kana
© SKD, Foto: Herbert Boswank
Veronese, Die Hochzeit zu Kana, um 1571 Öl auf Leinwand, 207 x 457 cm, Gal.-Nr. 226

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