Works from the artist's early career are reunited in the exhibition for the first time in hundreds of years. These include two companion altarpieces painted for the church of San Benedetto Po near Mantua: The Virgin and Child with Saints Anthony Abbot and Paul the Hermit (1562, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia) and the National Gallery's own Consecration of Saint Nicholas (1562). Mars and Venus United by Love (about1570-1575, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) leaves the USA for the first time since 1910 for the exhibition and is reunited, for the first time since the 18th century, with the National Gallery's Four Allegories of Love (about 1575).

The National Gallery's Adoration of the Kings (1573), painted for the church of San Silvestro in Venice, long one of the artist's most admired paintings and recently cleaned, will be shown beside an altarpiece of the same subject, painted in the same year for the church of Santa Corona, Vicenza. These pictures have never been seen together since they were in the artist's studio.

Born in Verona in 1528, the son of a stonecutter, Veronese entered into the workshop of Antonio Badile in 1541. Working in Verona, he completed important commissions for churches and aristocratic families such as the Canossa and Bevilacqua.

In the early 1550s, Veronese moved to Venice, a city he rarely left. It was here, endorsed by Titian, and working alongside Jacopo Sansovino and Andrea Palladio, that he was established as one of the leading artists in Europe. His posthumous reputation has been as consistently high as his influence has been strong. The work of Van Dyck, Rubens, Watteau, Tiepolo and Delacroix depend upon his example.

Garrett Curran, CEO of Credit Suisse in the UK said: "We are delighted to support the National Gallery's exhibition dedicated to Paolo Veronese. This exhibition offers visitors a rare opportunity to see many masterpieces by the artist including works that have never been seen before in the UK.

Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice is curated by Xavier F. Salomon, Curator of Southern Baroque at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Veronese, The Martyrdom of Saint George, c. 1565, © San Giorgio in Braida