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Paolo Farinati - The Mystic Marriage of St Catherine - n.d. - Oil on slate - 30x23 cm - Private Collection (click photo for larger image)Paolo Farinati (1524-1606) was an Italian Mannerist artist of the Veronese school. Indeed, he was one of the leading 16th-century painters at Verona. Most of his vast output of paintings was completed for churches in Verona and its environs, where much of it has survived. He was strongly influenced by his younger contemporary Paolo Veronese (1528-1588) and also by Parmigianino (1503-1540), among others. He executed a few engravings, some architectural projects (which apparently included work on the Castello San Felice at Verona), and a great many drawings. 

In the work featured here, painting on slate the artist exploited the oil medium to add prominence to the figures, thrown into relief against the dark background and foliage. The highlights in the drapery of the figures, with shimmering touches of white, is reminiscent of Paolo Veronese. Typically favoring line over color, a strong chiaroscuro effect emerges from this work.

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