Giovan Francesco always had a high opinion of himself, so much so that he would have never reproduced something portrayed by others

(Giorgio Vasari, Le Vite, 1568)

The exhibition

"Caroto e le arti tra Mantegna e Veronese" ("Caroto and the arts, from Mantegna to Veronese") is the title of the first exhibition that Verona dedicates to its great Renaissance artist. The exhibition, a journey through the art of the Veronese Renaissance featuring Caroto and the other great masters of the period, will be held at Palazzo della Gran Guardia and will open to the public from 13 May 2022 to 2 October 2022. More than 100 works from some of the most prestigious Italian and international collections will form the exhibition itinerary divided into 9 sections, enriched by 3 innovative multimedia installations. In order to make the visit even more enjoyable, an educational support system is accessible via an app in Italian and English, as well as a wide range of educational tours designed for all audiences. Finally, the exhibition is accompanied by a tour of the city of Verona, including the churches and palaces that preserve those artistic testimonies and works by Caroto and the Veronese Renaissance that can be appreciated in their original context. At the bookshop, it will be possible to buy a monograph on the artist Caroto and the exhibition catalogue, published by Silvana Editoriale.

Giovan Francesco Caroto

Giovan Francesco Caroto (c. 1480 - 1555) was born between Caravaggio and Mozzanica, in a region east of the river Adda and the birthplace of an impressive number of craftsmen and artists. When his father died, the whole family moved to Verona, establishing strong bonds with this city on the River Adige, and where the Carotos settled. Giovan Francesco's formative years, between the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16thcentury, was a period of intense artistic relations between Verona and Mantua. Vasari writes about Caroto beginning his apprenticeship with Liberale da Verona, and then moving to Mantua to follow the Master Andrea Mantegna. By frequently travelling between Verona and the area under the rule of the Duchy of Milan, Giovan Francesco kept up to date with the artistic trends of a vast region. In 1512, he painted the frescoes in the Spolverini chapel in the church of Santa Eufemia. He then lived and worked in Lombardy for a longer period and then at the court of the Paleologi in Casale Monferrato, where he enjoyed the favour of Marquis Guglielmo (1516), and became court painter. When he left the court of Casale in 1523, he was already a well renowned painter. On his return to Verona, he successfully integrated into Verona’s society. Here, he also worked in the apothecary shop he had opened for his son in Piazza delle Erbe. Caroto practised painting, illumination, naturalistic drawing; he was a medalist and sculptor, demonstrating remarkable skills in the painting of minute figures. He thus became a point of reference in landscape painting for a large generation of artists in Verona, including Domenico Brusasorci and Paolo Caliari, a.k.a Veronese. In the following years, he would keep his contacts with Mantua and the Gonzaga court, thanks to the good relationship he enjoyed with the Duchess Margherita Paleologa, his patron’s daughter in Casale.

Opening hours

13 May > 2October 2022
Palazzo della Gran Guardia

piazza Bra, Verona

From Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. Ticket office closes one hour before closing time Closed on Monday.
Time changes
Friday 17 June 10:30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
Open on 15 August

Info shows and reservations
Infoline Tosc: 0458537339
(Monday to Friday 9 am - 6 pm, Saturday 9 am - 1 pm)

La prenotazione è obbligatoria per gruppi e scuole ed è consigliata per i singoli


Ticket holders of the exhibition “Velázquez” at Accademia Carrara (Bergamo) will enjoy a discounted fare for the exhibition “Caroto e le arti tra Mantegna e Veronese”. The exhibition ticket will grant discounted admission to the museum Accademia Carrara. (valid until 28.08.2022)


Ticket holders of the “Verona e i CAROTO” itinerary (Museo Lapidario Maffeiano, Museo di Castelvecchio, Museo Archeologico al Teatro Romano, Museo di Storia Naturale, Anfi teatro Arena, Museo degli Affreschi G.B. Cavalcaselle) will enjoy a discounted fare for the exhibition. The exhibition ticket will grant discounted admission to the museums above (only valid with exhibition tickets issued on the same day or on the day before).

Booking fees:
1€ per person
0,50€ per school student


Workshops and Guided Tours

Segreteria Didattica dei Musei Civici di Verona Cooperativa Le Macchine Celibi Monday to Friday 9 a.m. – 1p.m. and 2p.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
tel. 0458036353 – 045597140

Area Stampa

Civita Mostre e Musei


The app takes you through the exhibition and the story of Giovan Francesco Caroto, thanks to the narrative voice of Francesca Rossi, the director of Musei civici of Verona. A dedicated, audio-described tour for the visually impaired is available, in which each of the twelve masterpieces is presented in detail


An adventure in Augmented reality is waiting for you: games, riddles and …will help you discover the exhibition and it’s secrets

Virtual visit

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