The Italian painter Paolo Caliari, known as Paolo from Verona (Veronese) in 1573, wrote for the Basilica of Saints John and Paul in Venice a large canvas, The Last Supper.
After that, he was denounced and the artist was called in to explain to the Inquisition. The transcript of the interrogation dated July 18, 1573 with a lot of questions was preserved: Why are drunk guards dressed in modern German fashion? What does the jester, sitting in the picture? And why did you make him a dwarf? Where did negros? Why is one of the characters bleeding from the nose - are you hinting at? What is the parrot for? - after all, everyone knows that this bird is a symbol of lust. Do you know how many people attended the Last Supper? Why does one of the apostles cut the meat, and the other picks his fork in his teeth? ...
Veronese replied that painters enjoy the same liberties that poets and madmen have. The artist should be free in his work, because only then he manages to create something necessary for people. The Inquisition strongly advised the artist to replace the dog sitting in the center with Mary Magdalene, generally remove all nonsense and gave a period of three months.
Veronese thought and left everything as it was, simply changing the name of the painting to "A Feast in the House of Levi."