THE READER ‘ARTSEER’ COMMENTS AND REVIEWS VERONESE AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY:
‘I think the real issue is that Dormant is journalistic rather than intellectual, so he is never going to provide any real analysis – your average Telegraph reader probably doesn’t want in depth art historical theory. There’s no excuse for Salomon if his catalogue is indeed a dry biographical account (I haven’t read it, so can’t comment on that). I think of the critics, the piece by Jonathan Jones in the Guardian is most egregious: facts are wrong, thesis ridiculous (http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2014/mar/19/veronese-ai-weiwei-national-gallery-last-supper).
And most annoying, and this applies to all the critics, is the continued focus on Veronese’s encounter with the Inquisition, which has been covered ad nauseam. It really isn’t that relevant to a show which includes just about every type of work by Veronese (frescoes excluded obviously) but the vast banqueting scenes. Here were my thoughts on the show: http://artseer.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/veronese-national-gallery-review/’