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Paolo Veneziano

Master medieval painter

Coronation of the Virgin, Accademia

Paolo Veneziano (c.1290–c.1360), was the leading Venetian painter of the 14th century and the official artist of Doge Andrea Dandolo. His colourful Byzantine style is reminiscent of the Pala d’Oro.

One of his best surviving works, the Coronation of the Virgin, is in the Accademia; other fine examples are in San Pantalon and the Frari. But you wouldn't guess his importance from what has survived in Venice; most of his works are in churches across northern Italy and in museums around the world.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by PD Art