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Paolo Veronese presented his work “Feast in the House of Levi” to the monastery, and a few months later he appeared in court for distorting the biblical plot.
Analysis of the work revealed many unacceptable inconsistencies, which the Inquisition did not just criticize, but signed the death sentence to the creator.
The image of a jester with a parrot caused particular indignation. In it they saw a symbol of debauchery, which did not fit into the moral principles of the church. Initially, the painter displayed “The Last Supper”, but after the proceedings, the plot had to be renamed “Feast in the House of Levi”.
The master tried to prove that he made up for the missing details with the most aesthetic elements for painting. The artist changed the name of the work calmly, for him as a painter and esthete it was more important to maintain harmony in the image.
The Feast in the House of Levi is a true biblical story. Levi gathered mothers and sinners, rampant people in his house and made a feast. Everyone was wondering how it is so possible to eat and drink next to sinners, then Jesus equated everyone.
The parrot jester, so incomprehensible in The Last Supper, also fit perfectly into this plot. The painting is inscribed in the arch, which is a classic technique for decorating biblical scenes. One gets the feeling of being in the theater, as if the stage was opened in front of the contemplator. All characters are bright and completely different. The main figure is Jesus, who unites all the action.
Present on the canvas and the traitor - Judas. He is located on the other side of the teacher, he is turned away, this position of the character is not accidental. Thus, the painter shows the true intentions of Judas towards Jesus.
The work is striking in the number of characters, clear and small strokes create the effect of photography and gives clarity to the elements of the work.
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