Altarpiece showing San Pantalon healing a child by Paolo Veronese, 1587
About the project
The conservation of this painting was undertaken in preparation for the Royal Academy of London’s ‘Genius of Venice’ exhibition in 1982.
The conservator was Ottorino Nonfarmale who worked under the direction of the Venice Soprintendenza on what is thought to be Veronese’s last work.
Originally painted for the main altar of the first church of San Pantalon which was built in the 12th and 13th century, it was subsequently moved to a side altar of the later 17th century church.
San Pantalon was a 4th century doctor who healed his patients without asking payment.
The painting of San Pantalon healing a boy was loaned again to the UK for the National Gallery’s 2014 Veronese exhibition.
- In Venice, the work of Veronese (1528-1588) work can be seen in the Accademia Galleries, the Ducal Palace and in the church of San Sebastiano not far from San Pantalon, where SAVE Venice, the US sister committee of Venice in Peril Fund has restored the entire church and its full cycle of Veronese paintings.
- For more on the church of San Pantalon, its astonishing theatrical ceiling painting by G. A. Fumiani (1680-1704) and times of opening click here
- Veronese was, as his name suggests, originally from Verona, and as well as his work for Veneto churches he painted a series of trompe l’oeil frescoes for Palladio’s Villa di Maser which given full reign to his virtuoso painting of architectural settings full of richly detailed costumed figures.