SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Artist Paolo Veronese captured 16th century Venice in all of its glory: rich people in sumptuous clothing, stunning architecture, vibrant and pure color.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota opened a unique Veronese exhibit on Dec. 7, and it's the first of its kind in North America in two decades.
Exhibit curator Virginia Brilliant says most of the world's Veronese paintings are concentrated in European museums, while many collections in Canada and the U.S. have one painting each -- so the Ringling's special exhibit is made up of those loaned works.
The museum's show is an expansive journey through Veronese's career as a master Renaissance painter. The exhibition in Sarasota runs through April 14, 2013.