Paolo Veronese Frescoes, Church of San Sebastiano

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Paolo Veronese Frescoes, Church of San Sebastiano

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Paolo Veronese’s decorative cycle in the church of San Sebastiano in Venice includes murals on the walls of the nave of the church. In 1558, he began frescoing the upper wall of the church. In the spandrels on either side of the arch opening onto the presbytery, Veronese depicted the dialogue of the Annunciation, with Angel Gabriel on the left side and Mary frescoed on the right. Extending to either side of the arch and around the upper walls of the nave is a frescoed frieze punctuated by pairs of spirals columns.  Such columns have been associated with the divinely planned temple of Solomon; as such they assumed symbolic value as architectural signs of Divine Wisdom.  In San Sebastiano, these units, along with the prophets and sibyls they frame, mediate between the Old Testament theme of the ceiling and the Christian narratives represented below. These frescoes are in need of conservation treatment in order to preserve them for future generations. There are three frecoes currently available for sponsorship on the presbytery wall: King David ($15,000), the Prophet Isaiah ($15,000), and the Sibyl Eritrea ($15,000). Donors will receive recognition on site at the church, in the Save Venice newsletter, and on the Save Venice website.

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