Boy with a Greyhound

Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 612

This unidentified youth is a polished ideal of sixteenth-century Italian masculinity, displaying his status and virility through his gilded codpiece, sword, and finely tailored costume. Coolly steadying his greyhound, a favored breed among Italian nobility, the boy stands with confident nonchalance at the threshold of a doorway looking out onto an expansive landscape—once punctuated with a smalt blue sky that has turned gray with age. Veronese was widely recognized in his time as a portraitist of exceptional refinement and a famed painter of illusionistic frescoes. Here, he used his skills as an illusionist to create an uncanny sense that these figures are standing in the same space as the viewer.

Boy with a Greyhound, Paolo Veronese (Paolo Caliari) (Italian, Verona 1528–1588 Venice), Oil on canvas

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