It is a real privilege to be one of the contributors to this volume (not all of it available online). My chapter examines the art of two major centres of the Veneto, Verona and Vicenza, and gave me a wonderful opportunity to expand on the work I had done for my thesis on Brescia. What was particularly interesting to me, as somebody who is concerned with social context, was the chance to compare Brescia, a city with a fairly unsettled civic history until its submission to Venice in 1426, to the rich courtly centre of Verona. Their civic fortunes closely aligned in the 15th century, but the art resulting from this diverged greatly. Enjoy the excerpt.