Paolo Veronese

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We painters take the same liberties as poets and madmen.

Paolo Veronese (152819 April 1588) was an important Venetian Renaissance painter. His birth name was Paolo Cagliari or Paolo Caliari; he became known as "Veronese" from his birthplace in Verona.

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I paint my pictures with such judgment as I have and as seems fitting.

Testimony to the Inquisition (1573)

Testimony to the Inquisition in Venice (18 July 1573) as translated by Charles Yriarte
  • We painters use the same license as poets and madmen.
    • Unsourced variant translation: We painters take the same liberties as poets and madmen.
  • I paint my pictures with all the considerations which are natural to my intelligence, and according as my intelligence understands them.
    • Unsourced variant translation: I paint my pictures with such judgment as I have and as seems fitting.

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